I'm an investigative reporter who spent months digging into why white supremacists like the accused white supremacist attacker in Portland, have co-opted an ancient Nordic religion. Ask me anything.
In at least six cases since 2001, professed racist "Odinists" have been convicted of plotting – or pulling off – domestic terrorism attacks. Odinism is a perfect fit for a strain of white supremacists and neo-Nazis who think Christianity has been corrupted by outsiders and weakened by passivity. Today’s racist Odinists say it is the only pure religion for white people, one not “mongrelized” by the Jewish prophet Jesus. They see themselves as warriors, ready to reclaim America for the white race and fight against a white genocide, driven by Jews, that has left the greatest country on Earth in tatters.