A far-right group in Edmonton is masquerading as a legitimate, charitable organization that takes care of the poor and the homeless.
Hitler and the Nazi Party used a similar tacit during national elections in Weimar Germany in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
On the Labour Day long weekend, the ‘Soldiers of Odin’ distributed food to homeless people outside the Mustard Seed Church in Edmonton. According to the Edmonton Journal’s website, the ‘Soldiers of Odin,’ circulated a poster stating that along with the groups ‘Northern Guard’ and ‘Onward Christian Soldier’ they were encouraging ‘like-minded patriotic groups’ to join them.
A September 5 TV news report, showing protestors were there to voice their opposition to the three groups and to demonstrate that these groups were not welcome.
A minor scuffle ensued between one of the ‘Soldiers’ supporters and the protestors, but police pulled out the ‘Soldiers’ supporter and prevented things from getting out of control. The event ended without further clashes.
The Mustard Seed Church disavowed any affiliation with the ‘Soldiers of Odin’ with Mustard Seed managing director Dean Kurpjuweit telling the Journal on August 23 that the church would have no connection with the event.
“They are not acting as our volunteers or on our behalf,” Kurpjuweit said. “They apparently have just decided that it’s outside of our building they’re choosing to do this. It’s not in partnership with us at all.”
Kudos to the protestors and Kurpjuweit for pronouncing their opposition to these far-right groups: When the ‘Soldier of Odin’ uses the phrase ‘like-minded patriotic groups’ in their poster, it is easy to sense the racial hatred that’s going through their minds.
The names of these groups, alone, epitomises the dangerous and offensive notion of white Aryan superiority, reminiscent of Hitler and the Nazis. These groups can deny that they have racist views, but if they truly care about the homeless, then why use ‘like-minded patriotic groups’ as a slogan in their poster? And what precisely does this slogan mean?
If they were a legitimate organization with truly humanitarian objectives, they would have contacted the Mustard Seed Church directly to discuss how best to offer help to the homeless.
Volunteering for a humanitarian cause means having no ideological agenda attached to it. So, let’s unite against the ‘Soldiers of Odin’, ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ and ‘Northern Guard’.
We cannot allow these groups to posture as legitimate organizations with the best interests of humanity at heart. We must continue to expose them as the peddlers of fear mongering and hate that they are.