1992. A "Neo-Heathen" army rises up in Norway. This army states they are the Spiritual descendants of the Vikings and claim Odin as their God. They also state that the time for Justice in Norway had come.
Within a few days Fantoft Stave Church - a historical landmark built in the 1200's on what was formerly the site of Pagan sacred grounds - was burned to the ground. The 3 leaders of this army stated it was Justice for the church burning Pagan Vikings at the stake, stealing Viking lands, and building a church on the ruins on a Pagan Temple the church had destroyed. Over the next 4 years, over 50 other churches in Norway are also burned to the ground.
In 1996, Norwegian police make raids on the homes of some members of the "army". One of the leaders of the group declared the police to be the "lapdogs of the christian might" and attacked the police with a flaming torch. He was shot and killed. The Norwegian courts ruled the police acted in self defense. The other 2 leaders were arrested, and put on trial. One of them told Norwegian courts - "I do not recognize this court as my judge. Odin is my judge." He was later aquited due to lack of evidence of his involemennt in the arsons. The other freely confessed to being an active participant in the burnings. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison - the maximum sentence allowed in Norwegian law.
2009. The leader sentenced to prison in released on parole.
2011. The leader who claimed Odin was his judge gives an interview to the Norwegian media. When asked if he had regrets about what happened he replied, "Yes. There should have been more churches burned. There will be more."
It should be noted that this "army" never harmed a human being in the 4 years. If there were people in the church, they were always careful to pull the people from the church before burning it.
Living in North America as most of us on the site do, I was wondering: Do we as fellow Pagans agree with what the Norwegian Pagans did? Do we agree that the time for Justice has come? And if so, does the punishment of burning their churches fit the crimes of the church from the past?
Or do we feel the end does not justify the means?
What do you think?