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Why I’m a Pagan

By Stephen McNallen

I am a pagan because it is the only way I can be true to who, and what, I am. I am a pagan because the best things in our civilization come from pre-Christian Europe. I am a pagan because our ancestral religion is needed to help reverse the decline and impending extinction of the European-descended peoples.

“Pagan,” as I use the term, does not mean lacking a moral code. It does not mean rituals mixing Isis, Thor, and American Indian beliefs, with a little lesbian-feminist philosophy thrown in for good (or bad) measure. It is not a hobby, a pastime, or an affectation.

The paganism I have practiced for some forty years is derived from the beliefs of my (and your) Germanic ancestors. It is not at all what Alain de Benoist, in his excellent On Being a Pagan, called “primitive” and “puerile.” The proper name for my faith is “Asatru,” from the Icelandic meaning roughly “those true to the Gods.” Some call it Odinist.

Generally, I avoid using the word “pagan” because of the nonsense done by some people under that name. (The primitive and puerile are, unfortunately, out there.) Usually, I call my practice “a native European religion.” I’m only using “pagan” in this essay because most of you will be familiar with the word in the context of the Alternative Right and Radical Traditionalism.

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