One of the distinguishing features of the Norse/Germanic/ Anglo Saxon pagan faiths is the runes. This set of magic symbols is used as written language as well as chants (galdr) and spell craft. Said to have come to Odin when he hung on the world tree and taught to him by Freya they are an important aspect of the religious culture as well as witchcraft and paganism outside the religion due to the open nature of the faith. Of course there are white supremacist who are also part of the religion in both Europe and the US who use these symbols for nefarious means. Banning the runes as hate symbols due to this would in fact impact more non racist of the faith then the racists. Those like myself in the religion would equate it to banning the Bible or cross from any use.
Do you feel the government has a legitimate stance on the issue? Should all members of a religion be forbidden to engage in parts of their faith being exploited by hate groups?
Should the US consider all runes and Norse imagery racists?