Declaration of Deeds

(I am indulging myself in a thought experiment, I am imagining what I might write if I were to be a part of writing a philisophical statement to stand in as a replacement for Declaration 127. This is what I came up with.)

Declaration of Deeds

We heathens, pagans, followers of the old ways; we are more than the choices that brought us into being, we are more than our orlay. Instead, we are our deeds, we are the choices we make and not those chosen for us. In acknowledgement of this we declare the following points:

1. We endeavor to be better than our forebears. Their society was a product of it’s time and was often deeply flawed, but their religious belief in the gods we hold to be timeless. We endeavor to reconstruct their religion, not the flaws in their society.

2. Our religion gives no basis for discrimination based on race, the gods have nothing to say on the matter of race. We maintain that a person’s race does not impact their ability to participate in our religion or our group.

3. Our religion gives no basis for discrimination based on gender or sex; it has divine and powerful goddesses and gods. We maintain that a person’s gender or sex does not impact their ability to participate in our religion or group.

4. Our religion gives no basis for discrimination based on sexuality; the gods we worship do not always conform to one sexuality or another and still hold their positions and importance regardless of their sexuality. We maintain that a person’s sexuality does not impact their ability to participate in our religion or our group.

5. Deeds matter to our communities and to our gods, deeds are the foundations of our reputations. We maintain that the basis we are to be judged on is through our actions and our deeds and not merely through circumstances beyond our control.

We are charged in the Havamal to speak out against evil when we see evil; bigotry and discrimination based on the chances of our birth is just such an evil. We heathens, pagans, followers of the old ways; we join our voices in unison with this our Declaration of Deeds, that we may declare that the chances of our birth that are beyond our control have no bearing on our spiritual lives, but rather it is our actions and deeds that truly matter.

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