The whole “cuck” phenomenon first came to prominence on the Alternative Right. As Rightstuff.biz writer Auschwitz Soccer Ref (sic) explains:
“Cuck” … is an irrational word that cannot be deconstructed with reasoning. Just as “racist” hits rightists hard because it attempts to psychopathologize the healthy preference for our own race, “cuck” is devastating to leftists because they are being described as the most humiliating kind of man possible, one who gets aroused by letting another man—or other men—have sex with his wife. Leftists and conservatives are not literally cuckolds, they are simply traitors. However, just like “racism” transcends political terminology like “fascist” and brings morality into the discussion, “cuck” transcends political terminology like “traitor” and brings sexuality and gender into the discussion, thus widening its implications. For years this kind of transcendent, weaponized term was missing from the right’s lexicon, but now it’s here, and that’s why “cuck” is so hurtful to the left and kosher conservatives.
As Polytheists, we believe in Gods – lots and lots of Gods. What’s more, we love our Gods. We have deep devotional relationships with our patron Deities: we shape our lives in accordance with Their demands and expectations. Even the Gods we do not personally love and serve we respect. We acknowledge They are greater than us because, well, they are Gods. For most of recorded history this was the default religious setting: it is still accepted as a given in large parts of the world.
In the West, alas, Polytheists are a small minority. Since before the Western Roman Empire fell, Christianity has been the religion of the realm (hence the name “Christendom” to describe Europe and distinguish it from the Ummah). The rise of the Caliphate and later the Ottoman Empire spread the arch-monotheist faith Islam throughout much of Africa and Asia: the Colonial Era saw crosses erected throughout the Americas. Then the Enlightenment saw the rise of a new Monotheism — Secularism — which privileged humanity and its instruments Reason and Science. (As is not uncommonly the case this new religion quickly split into two warring theoeconomic flavors, Capitalism and Communism). All these Monotheisms look askance upon Polytheism: if they don’t condemn it as blasphemy they mock it as primitive superstition.
As a result, Polytheists have often felt obligated to reassure readers they are not air-headed fluffy-bunnies play-acting a Harry Potter LARP; to stress that they are perfectly normal other than their strange religious beliefs; to laugh along when their faith makes them the butt of “jokes.” This has not created new opportunities for mutual understanding. It has not gained us the respect of those who do not share our beliefs — and why would it? If you don’t honor your beliefs, there is no reason anyone else should.
We at Polytheism Uncucked are not ashamed of our Gods. We will declare Their presence and sing Their praises no matter how unfashionable that might be. We don’t think Them archetypes, symbols, euhemerized heroes, personified natural forces or anything other than the Wellsprings of Being. Yes, we’re aware that this is a minority view; yes, we know we could be wrong; no, we do not wish to convert or proselytize to anybody. But it’s our view and we’re sticking to it. You don’t have to agree with us, but we don’t have to agree with you either.
(If you’re an angry atheist getting to ready to type a “THERE ARE NO SKY FAIRIES!!!” response, stop for a moment. Think about your life after death — or your complete lack thereof. Now ask yourself “Do I want to spend my precious few moments above the ground screaming at random strangers like some street preacher trying to enlighten the sinners? Or should I go out and have fun while I still can?” You’re welcome).
Centuries before the witch hunts which fueled the much-beloved “Burning Times” myth, worshippers of the Old Gods were slaughtered en masse. Our sacred groves were burned and churches erected atop them. Our temples were wrecked so thoroughly that even the names of many of our Gods have been forgotten, never mind their sacred rituals. Today Polytheists in the Islamic world are subjected to violence and abuse on a daily basis: Polytheists elsewhere face continuing pressure from Christian missionaries to reject the faiths of their ancestors and become New People in Jesus.
Some people may be offended when we call this what it was and what it is — genocide. Some may fear that we are encouraging violence against Muslims or Christians. (We are not. If you read anything here and think otherwise read it again, only more slowly this time). We are not going to soft-pedal when we see real problems. If you find our words offensive, ask yourself what upsets you. Are you angry because we are so terribly, terribly wrong — or because we’re right?
(We are of course human and do make human errors. We’re happy to fix mistakes as soon as they are pointed out: we’re less worried about assuaging your butthurt).
We don’t hate anybody’s ancestors but we love our own. You should do the same. Your ancestors are worthy of veneration wherever they came from and don’t ever let anyone tell you differently. If loving our ancestors makes us racist, then racists we are and racists we all should be. The ancestors were not perfect — and indeed many Polytheists would argue that we are here in part to right ancestral misdeeds — but they are in our blood and sinew and to deny them is to deny ourselves.
And so here we are. A new publication is born and a new Polytheist voice is raised. What we write here may ring through the aeons or it may vanish with the next server upgrade. Until that time we shall speak to you with one voice and proclaim the Gods are Real, the Gods are Many, the Gods are Here.