Benefit for Victims of the Kansas City shootings

For: Victims of the April 13 shootings in Kansas City
Organizer: Heathens United
Benefit for Victims of the Kansas City shootings (Victims of the April 13 shootings in Kansas City)
of $5,000 goal
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Raised by 99 donors
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The Story

We in the Heathen community are deeply saddened and appalled to hear of the senseless acts of violence committed in Kansas City this week. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the Jewish and Overland Park communities. When it was revealed that the shooter claims to practice Odinism, it cast all those who show reverence towards the Gods of the pre-Christian Scandinavian, Icelandic, and Germanic peoples in dour light. We were shocked and dismayed anew that a man would pervert our faiths in such a way.

The gravity of Cross's crimes would make focusing upon CNN's tenuous grasp on journalistic integrity churlish.  Cross's “Odinism” does not represent the vast majority of theology that comes from the religion in which Odin is venerated.  All faiths have small, vicious, and radical sects within their ranks.  These sects never represent the true character and teachings of the religion in question. They cling to opportunistic and self-serving philosophies that as rationalization for acting on the worst pieces of human nature.  In short, Cross's actions are horrendous.  His tangential and tenuous connection to the Heathen community only increases our collective disgust with his vile ideology and his unforgivable actions.

A concept existed in the time of the pre-Christian Germanic and Nordic peoples that was called weregild; the actions of one reflected upon all those connected to that person, and such misdeeds demanded recompense for what was lost.  No one among us can claim relation to Cross, and there is no way to put monetary value on the damage that he so quickly caused.  All the same, the Heathen community would like to do our part to help those who have lost so much, due to the actions of someone so twisted.

We are not a religion of hatred and refuse to tolerate the perversion of our faith to justify senseless acts of bigotry. On behalf of the Heathen community, we vehemently denounce Cross and all his ilk.  Accordingly, we also extend our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy. As Heathens we value deeds over words. Please help us to raise funds to give to the families affected and to the communities targeted. We can never undo what has been done or return those who have been lost, but together we can foster unity and denounce the hatred that catalyzed this atrocity.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 21, 2014

Posted on May 21, 2014


Hi everyone! I wanna start by thanking you all for all the support we’ve received for this effort so far. I know things have been quiet for a while, but we have 10 days left for the final push, and we’re close to our goal! I wanted to update everyone on what’s going on with the fund, as well. I’ve spoken to the director of philanthropy at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, and they’ve already set up a permanent fund in memory of Cross’s victims. I’ve been assured the use of the funds is in line with the wishes of the families, and that’s where our donation is going to go. I’ve made sure they know who we are and why we’re donating, and the families are happy to accept.

Here is their website:

So here we are, with 10 days left. I’m asking everyone to help up with a last social media blitz- even if you’ve already donated, please spread the word everywhere you can, and ask your friends and acquaintances to share it too! Let’s show the world what a force for good we can be! The ancient heathens valued community and generosity- let’s make them proud!

Posted on April 15, 2014

Posted on April 15, 2014

We wanted to get this fund open as soon as possible. We will be updating with details and ongoing progress as time goes on. 

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