First religion, one on one with the Gods and Goddesses, is a wonderful experience. The way you can join your mind and soul to Them during a rite is an experience I cannot duplicate in any other aspect of my life. I honor the Gods and Goddesses in the way that they have shown me without any suggestions or interference from others. The only authorities I recognize are the Gods and Goddesses Themselves !
When you start joining groups or organizations there are rules, many are of the my way or the highway variety; Leaders interpreting the words of the Gods and Goddesses, and some like Terry Jones who believe that they speak directly for their God, ( or Gods). Even normally good people change once they rise to a position of power or are given a title. They develop megalomaniacal tendencies and try to insert their will into every aspect of the religion. Look into how Terry Jones treated his German congregation and you will see what I mean ! I guess that is just human nature at its worst.
In Havamal, Odin tells us repeatedly to remain in the background, not say too much, not to trust people too much, but to listen and gain wisdom through watching others and only interact when we have thought through what we will say and how we will say it. This fits my personality to a "T". I have always been someone who stands in the background and observes, I leave leadership to the individuals who actually believe they can lead effectively. Though most cannot handle the temptations for evil, like Terry Jones, Jim Jones, Jimmy Swaggert, and Tammy Fay and Jim Baker etc...
So I guess in a small way I owe the confused Terry Jones a small nod of gratitude for reminding me once again that once religion becomes organized it becomes corrupted from its pure base by a heirarchy of leaders with their own agendas. It is not religion that scares me but the people who corrupt its purity ! For now at least I will remain the way I have been for the past 25 years, an Independent Asatruar !
P.S. I was going to write something to memorialize 9/11, but what Galina Krasskova has written is much better than what I could do. As Dirty Harry said," Man's got to know his limitations" !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !