An Open Letter Regarding Holden Matthews

We at IAF have been notified this morning that a Mr. Holden Matthews, Proclaiming to Be of Asatru faith ( Although not a member of IAF) has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to 3 Black churches in Louisiana.

Reuters wrote of him, “ The pagan circles Matthews frequented can be popular with neo-Nazis. Matthews frequently posted about pagan beliefs, and recently uploaded a picture of a gun and a knife with the caption “I carry this…..maybe not legally but I only truly follow the law of Odin….. which says as you said, arm yourself…… Odin’s advice> modern law.” …”

One of the pagan pages Matthews was active on specifically forbade racism and “nazi stuff.” Matthews also appeared aware of the religion’s white supremacist associations. In one post, a group member noted that a drawing of a pagan figure had a swastika-like design on his belt.

“Well yea the belt gives him extra strength and power…..white power lmao jk jk I had to,” Matthews wrote.

We will say here and now:

The international Asatru Foundation denounces any and all action, verbiage, language, signs, and commentaries that in any way shape or form or insinuation, breed, harbor, honor, fanaticize, support, or allow hate and hurt of any and all other religions, gatherings, or buildings, or their leaders and people. We stand against hate in all its ugly and disgusting forms. We strive to build open relationships with our other religious counterparts for the betterment of ourselves, our community, our nation and our world. We stand side by side with these poor men and women who have lost their place of worship. We are saddened by the actions of one proclaiming to be of our religion. We honor the men and women of law enforcement and those involved in bringing this person to justice for their actions. We ask that the churches do not fall prey to believing the actions of one echo the belief of the many and we ask all Asatruer that can to help to build this community back up and do all of us honor by joining us in denouncing all forms of hatred, and prejudice.

– Joseph Marrero, President of IAF

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