I AND OTHERS in the local Asatru community pray for the family and friends of Kirsten Landeau and Dillon Cearfoss during this terrible time; like others in the city, we were shocked and saddened by the senseless killing.
The Aug. 28 Jounal article ” ‘Skinhead’ Asked to Stay in Prison” added to our dismay, though it is obvious that (Brian) Pulliam lacks an understanding of the religion he says he adopted.
Pulliam’s affiliation with groups like the Aryan Nations would make him unwelcome in the group with which I worship. Among the things practitioners of Asatru value are honor, family, respect for law and community.
Even should Pulliam be found not guilty of the charges against him, his previous actions do not demonstrate that he values any of these things.
Further, his claims that Asatru requires him to consume mead for various holidays during the year are baseless. While many of us choose to drink mead or other alcoholic beverages during our celebrations, there is absolutely no requirement to do so. People whose medications won’t allow them to drink alcohol, those who are underage, and active service members in the Middle East, to name just a few examples, are capable of fully celebrating without mead.
Perhaps Pulliam hoped that by claiming adherence to a lesser-known religion, he could gain special privileges.
There are multiple groups dedicated to the study and practice of Asatru across New Mexico, including in the Albuquerque area, and most of these groups have open meetings that the general public can attend to learn more about the religion. We strive to live good lives and help make our communities better places, and we hope that justice is served in this matter.