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”