The “ban” has been discussed a lot in the past year. A lot. The Rede was discussing how to handle it long before Seigfried’s stupid article kicked off the public part of that discourse again.
Before I go ranting and opining, let’s cover the facts of the situation.
The history of the “Loki ban” went like this:
- Hailing Loki used to be a thing that went on, and there were no policies that limited this.
- Around 2008, a policy was discussed that made Loki, certain Jotnar, and the Rokkr in general off-limits for hailing.
- Around 2011, a different version of this was voted on by the Rede, which became the policy outlined in the Position Statement.
- Around 2012, wording was updated and it was outlined in the FAQ.
Here are the problems related to the policy, which make the current discussion necessary:
- The policy emerged after the hailing of Loki had already been a thing.
- The policy is alienating to Lokeans and Loki-friendly members of the Troth, and it places an undue burden on Lokeans attending events to which the ban applies.
- The policy created complications at Frith Forge, due to its taking place in Europe where Loki is generally viewed as a non-issue.
Basically, had another organization not stepped up to co-sponsor the event, the Troth’s rule on Loki would have applied to everyone in attendance. It would have been one American organization setting the standard for a multitude of other European organizations, and would have somewhat defeated the purpose of reaching out.
So, that’s the background.
Now for the fun part.Continue reading “A Collection of Thoughts on the “Loki Ban””