Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The British National Party and racist Neo-Paganism: is there common ground? 4

In my last posting on the British National Party I focused on their racism and how it was similar to those Asatru and Odinist groups that are racist. I will continue in this posting with that theme, and I will also go deeper into the plan the BNP has for eliminating nonwhite ethnic groups from Britain.

I decided to continue this theme because of some extra material I have that was produced by the BNP in the 2005 elections. It is titled “Rebuilding British Democracy: Manifesto.” Although the web page of the BNP has several manifestos they do not have this one posted.

This is a very large paper with 53 pages and within those pages the racism of BNP is clearly spelled out.

Explaining the BNP’s position on human equality, the authors of the Manifesto write, “We do not accept the absurd superstition-propagated for different though sometimes overlapping reasons by capitalists, liberals, Marxists and theologians-of human equality." They expand on their thoughts not by examining the general idea of equality as in granting to each individual equal rights but instead by looking at the differences in individuals. The error is then compounded by an attempt to make a case for genetic differences in different ethnic groups.

And here Asatru and Steven McNallen’s religious view of race finds its counterpart in an ill defined and misunderstood view of a new genetic method of testing drug safety for various peoples. The authors of the Manifesto write:

“This must not be taken to mean or imply that we believe that any particular ethnic group or race is ‘superior’ or inferior’; we simply recognize that-as any biologist would be able to predict, and the new medical science of pharmacogenetics is now confirming-human populations which have undergone micro-evolutionary changes while being separated for many thousands of years have developed differences in many fields of endeavour, susceptibility to health problems, behavioural tendencies and such like.
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Taking these facts into account, we believe that it is far more likely than not that the historically established tendency … of the peoples of Western Europe in general-and of these islands in particular-to create and sustain social and political structures in which individual freedom, equality before the law, private property and popular participation in decision making, is to some extent at least genetically pre-determined. Such tendencies would naturally, both shape our culture around such institutions, and in turn tend to be reinforced by that culture.”
(p.17) (Bold mine)

In other words, according to this racist document, white individuals have a genetic disposition to form more democratic and free societies than other ethnic groups. One wonders what ethnic group the writers of this document, who do not believe in human equality, belong to? But they do have a plan for ridding the white British people of the other ethnic groups.

They write not only of sending the illegal immigrant back to their homeland, of not only encouraging the legal immigrant to return to their homeland by promising them money, they also want to encourage the descendents of the immigrant to return to their parent's or grandparent's homeland. In other words if the people are not white it would be a good idea, according to these authors to send them away.

They write: We will end immigration to the UK and reduce our land’s population burden by creating firm but voluntary incentives for immigrants and their descendents to return home.” (48) They also, earlier, write under ten proposals, “A massively-funded and permanent programme, using and doubling Britain’s current foreign aid budget, will aim to reduce, by voluntary resettlement to their lands of origin, the proportion of ethnic minorities living in Britain, for as the majority of the electorate are willing to fund such expenditure.”(21)

Much of this racism is also formed out of a twisted understanding of multi-culturalism and diversity. The writers of the document believe that multi-culturalism kills diversity, that diversity is only maintained in separateness. So, while in just a few minor places, the document tries to affirm a cultural kind of Christianity, it is void of biblical Christianity which understands that those who are in Christ are one no matter their ethnicity.

As I read this document I have noted many sign posts to fascism and even to the ideology of the Nazis. I will write about their similarites to facism and the Nazis in my next posting.


Anonymous said...

For one who pontificates against prejudice your blanketing all Asatruar as racist is unjust and shameful. It is akin to saying all muslims are terrorists. Reading your posts I suggest you put down the books and leave your sheltered life in No. Cal. and do some traveling around the globe. Perhaps you'll get a better understanding of issues.

Viola Larson said...

If you had read all of my posts you would note that I stated that some were racist not all. Read the first to posts on this subject. If you decide to comment again please leave your full name city state and if other than USA country.

Viola Larson,
Sacramento Ca