When we think of white supremacist groups, we tend to automatically think of far-right fringe Christian groups like the KKK, but there is also a segment of white supremacists who hold to some variation of Norse or other pagan religions as the core of the Aryan identity and tradition. One of them is growing so fast that it just bought 44 acres to build their own compound in Tennessee.
Eric Meadows and his wife, Angela Johnson, both former members of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, now lead “Wotan Nation,” described as a community of white supremacists following a revitalized belief system spawned by early Germanic paganism called “heathenism.”
Johnson purchased the rural Tennessee property in March 2017 and site-clearing work there is now underway, the Chattanooga Times Free Press first reported in weekend editions.
“Wotans Nation is indeed on the rise!” the group’s closed Facebook page claims. “The formation and creation of an actual location and community in the works and close to becoming a reality.”…
From its description and pagan-oriented symbols, the group appears to follow a religious dogma similar to those known as Asatru or Odinism, sometimes called Wotanism. With emphasis on Norse Gods, the racially based, warrior-style tribal religion targets people of European descent who describe themselves as folkish racialists or white separatists.
The group makes mention of “1488,” a reference to the 14-words spoken by the late David Lane, an Odinist, one-time Ku Klux Klan leader and imprisoned former member of the neo-Nazi group, The Order. He had ties to the Aryan Nations and was implicated in a series of racketeering crimes, including the 1984 assassination of radio talk show host Alan Berg, who was Jewish.
And they aren’t just out on the fringe anymore. They’ve been mainstreamed in the Republican party with the election of Donald Trump, who hires openly fascist advisors and plays footsie — at bare minimum — with the most extreme elements of the right — or as he calls them, “very fine people.” We can’t allow this to become the new normal. We must do what we have have had to many times previously, with the Know Nothings in the 1800s, the Lindbergh-led Nazi movement of the 1930s and the John Birch Society in the 1960s, which is to put them back into their cage.