Queens NY GOP Won’t Dump Pagan Candidate

Gods Bless America!

In a stunning show of tolerance that defies theocon C-Streetism, the GOP in Queens, NY will not replace Pagan high priest Dan Halloran as their candidate for District 19 city council in the November 3 election. Considering George Bush administration officials objected to giving author J.K. Rowling the Presidential Medal of Freedom because the Harry Potter books “encouraged witchcraft,” that’s a very open-minded stance.

Halloran is First Atheling or king in his faith, Theodism,

a cultural, religious, and martial organization; dedicated to reviving the folkways of the Norman peoples of Northern Europe…

Theodism is basically a reconstructed/revisionist form of pre-Christian Northern European polytheism, which differs doctrinally from the similarly Norse-based Astaru and the more familiar Celtic based-based Wicca; though they share some of the same holidays, based on solar and lunar cycles. In Theodism, kings are also the high priests; the gods Tyr, Odin and Freyr offer their blessings in the form of luck on the priest-king and thus down through the people.

Halloran–an attorney and partner in the firm Palmieri, Castiglione & Halloran, served as legal counsel and incorporating attorney for the New York City Pagan Pride Project, and the chairman of the state Republican Liberty Caucus–has been endorsed by the Queens County Republican Party. 

And to most folks, he seemed like your basic lower-taxes-no-Obama-care tea party attending speechifying Republican. Oh yeah, he did talk about the need for volunteerism and being greener, but he’s a GOP party animal through and through.

Phyllis Curott, a New York-based attorney, author, activist and Wiccan high priestess doesn’t know Halloran; but isn’t surprised to find a Pagan running for office, though the party affiliation was a little eye-opening. She told us exclusively:

Pagans are everywhere, I’ve been saying it for years. Doctors, soldiers, bankers, lawyers with all sorts of political views. But an official Republican Party candidate! Move over Christian right, here come the Pagans. I certainly disagree with his politics, but it’s great that he’s running. 

Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa and the GOP executive committee were aware of Halloran’s religious beliefs when he announced his candidacy; and Halloran was the odds on favorite to win the city council seat in Queens against newcomer Kevin Kim until the Queens Tribune ran a story about Halloran’s faith, managing to bring up "blood sacrifice." On Halloran’s New Normandy website, since taken down, but available in internet archives, it states:

When a feast is made using the meat of an animal sacrifice, it is known as a sacrifice-feast (ON blótveizla)

which, honestly, in paganism is about as sinister throwing a steak on the barbecue and thanking God you made the mortgage this month, or butchering one’s own meat, as is done in rural communities across America. Uh "Thanksgiving" anyone? That turkey–and the money and time it takes to assemble the green bean-mushroom soup casserole and all the trimmings, then do the dishes after suppressing your desire to strangle family members over their political views–is a sacrifice, a way of giving thanks. 

Attorney Curott, who is High Priestess of the Temple of Ara, along with being an Ambassador to the Parliament of World’s Religions, says:

It’s just too bad that Dan was "outed" with such a negative media portrayal. Fighting that kind of stereotype is one of the reasons I’m public as a Wiccan priestess and have worked on so many religious discrimination cases.  

Turns out the article was far from objective, because, as reports the Village Voice:

a Kim campaign consultant also happens to be the VP of the Queens Tribune, and because Queens congressman Gary Ackerman, who founded the paper and still holds a chunk of it, used to be Kim’s boss and who urged his old employee to make the race…

After the Tribune article hit, it looked like the local GOP honchos were going to replace Halloran on the ticket with a conservative Democrat and slip Halloran into State Supreme Court post–except that Halloran, admitted into the bar in 2003, lacks the required 10 years as an attorney to take the judgeship. But on Thursday, the Republicans stood by their man.

Queens County GOP Vice Chairman Vince Tabone, who is also the spokesman for Halloran’s campaign, told local reporters:

I think it’s particularly repugnant to have a religious test. We saw people trying to do that with [President Barack] Obama and Mitt Romney. Flushing is a birthplace of religious freedom. It’s part of Queens’ heritage. It’s a community where Protestants and Catholics and Sikhs live side by side.

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) who has known the candidate since he was an Eagle Scout, said he thought Halloran’s religion was not relevant to the District 19 race:

Queens has every conceivable religion on the face of the Earth and as long as they are honorable toward their basic goals, then that’s all anyone should be concerned about. Our Constitution provides freedom of religion and as long as they don’t run counter to the law of the land, then it’s not something that should be at all political. Anybody who makes it political is suspect. I’d rather someone have a religion — even if it’s not a mainstream religion — than their being atheist.

Calling Halloran "a traditional person" who "seems like a regular guy" (Theodism has a tradition of ritualized drinking, according to their archived website, which for many guys is pretty darn regular), Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa told the Tribune:

If a person performs and does what he has to do for his district, then he will be a welcome breath of fresh air.

Curott optimistically sees this as an opportunity for greater acceptance of pagan faiths, "a welcome breath of fresh air" in Republican politics:

Attitudes have certainly changed–the Republican Party apparently already knew he was Pagan! They’re defending his religious freedom, advocating religious tolerance and condemning a religious test for office as repugnant. Marvelous. Quite a change from Jesse Helm’s introducing legislation to take away the tax-exempt status of Wiccan religious institutions. Or Bob Barr’s condemnation of religious observances by Wiccan soldiers on military bases, or President Bush’s remarks that he didn’t think Wicca was a religion so he "hoped the military take another look at it." Let’s hope it’s change we can believe in.

 And Halloran himself says:

I don’t think any of this is really relevant to the City Council race. It’s like talking about what church you pray at. That you understand the divine is the most important part…As long as we proceed in our civic lives with dignity and honor, that’s what matters.

50 Responses to "Queens NY GOP Won’t Dump Pagan Candidate"
Elliott | Sunday September 27, 2009 01:41 pm 1

Remarkable!


dakine01 | Sunday September 27, 2009 01:55 pm 2

So if this guy is both a king and a high priest with Tyr, Odin, and Thor offering luck, does he get deposed as King ifheh then loses an election (since he would have shown he’s not all that lucky)?


Lisa Derrick | Sunday September 27, 2009 03:39 pm 3

I think this sets a great precedent. If the Democrats had a Pagan candidate it would “oh that liberal party of nutbags and wackos!” But the GOP! That is huge!


SanderO | Sunday September 27, 2009 05:33 pm 4

and there’s:

More than one in three dollars lent by non-bank institutions such as hedge funds, securitisation vehicles and pension funds, went sour, according to the figures, compared with 11.5% for US banks. The results will increase fears that, in spite of a recovery in the shares and balance sheets of many banks, the epicentre of the crisis has moved to the hedge funds and investors that gorged on cheap credit in the run-up to the turmoil.


SanderO | Sunday September 27, 2009 05:35 pm 5

and:

September 24, 2009 – Moonraker Fund Management, the independent investment boutique, is concerned that banks may have been using their bailout money to buy equities, helping to fuel a rally that is vulnerable to a major correction if they consequently sell in thinly traded markets.

Instead of lending to businesses and homebuyers, banks may have been using some of their bailout money to buy stocks from an oversold base in March, Moonraker believes. The British Bankers’ Association’s own figures show that gross mortgage lending by the banks has fallen from a high of £21.5bn in June 2007 to £9.1bn in August 2009, while new term lending to small businesses was £796m in July, compared with around £900m last October.


SanderO | Sunday September 27, 2009 05:37 pm 6

The crash in U.S. home prices will probably resume because about 7 million properties that are likely to be seized by lenders have yet to hit the market, Amherst Securities Group LP analysts said.


Lisa Derrick | Sunday September 27, 2009 05:41 pm 7

Maybe Halloran can do some spell work on that issue…


Twain | Sunday September 27, 2009 05:45 pm 8
In response to SanderO @ 6

Was happy to see that Habitat for Humanity is buying some of these foreclosed homes at really low prices. Someone from that organization said that they were buying them cheaper than they could build homes.


eCAHNomics | Sunday September 27, 2009 05:49 pm 9

Funny thing. I find paganism as ludicrous as every other form of religion. Equal opportunity irreligious am I.


eCAHNomics | Sunday September 27, 2009 05:49 pm 10
In response to Twain @ 8

That’s the only good news I’ve ever heard about the foreclosure disaster. Thanks for sharing (not a snark; genuinely meant).


SanderO | Sunday September 27, 2009 05:55 pm 11

There was a bit MM’s movie where a community assisted in a family who had been displaced from their home of 20 years, moving into a foreclosed home to prevent a further slide in house values in their neighborhood.


SanderO | Sunday September 27, 2009 05:55 pm 12

ecahn you might enjoy this economics blog:

http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com/


SanderO | Sunday September 27, 2009 05:57 pm 13

Home Prices

Too much supply and too little demand means fewer new homes built and lower margins. Meredith Whitney says home prices will fall another 25% and she has been right about everything else, so why not now? Barclays says 13%. Split the difference and you get 19%, or the median home price falling to roughly $145K. That is a very low target for many home builders. In August, home prices for new homes fell 12% year over year.


eCAHNomics | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:01 pm 14
In response to SanderO @ 12

Thanks for the reference, but too much opining, too little analytics for my taste.


SanderO | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:02 pm 15

Spain is sliding into a full-blown economic depression with unemployment approaching levels not seen since the Second Republic of the 1930s and little chance of recovery until well into the next decade, according to a clutch of reports over recent days.


SanderO | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:03 pm 16

They have that too.


SanderO | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:05 pm 17

Difficulties in the Caymans come at the same time as Switzerland has been taken off the OECD’s “grey list” for signing its 12th information-sharing agreement with another country. Switzerland was promoted to the “white list” as G20 world leaders in Pittsburgh vowed to deploy sanctions against countries not complying with OECD tax protocols. There are 22 tax havens on its grey list. In two weeks, the task of assessing how each country complies with anti-tax evasion measures will begin, with each OECD country being subjected to a peer review. Further pressure on the UK’s tax havens is likely to come next week at a meeting of Commonwealth finance ministers.


RieszFischer | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:06 pm 18

Back on topic, yeah, this is really surprising. But it is New York.

Anyway, at least he’s not an atheist.

I wonder which is worse in the eyes of the bible thumpers– atheist or pagan?

What would have happened if J. K. Rowling had written her books about a science school where they taught the kids about evolution and climate change?

You could make a career of studying the social psychology of wingnuts.


Lisa Derrick | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:06 pm 19
In response to eCAHNomics @ 10

As a Pagan I appreciate that! Having a goofy religions makes you much more tolerant of others’!


Lisa Derrick | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:09 pm 20

The original article in the Queens Tribune was a smear piece for sure, and I foudn the NY politicking so interesting–that the parties can just move a candidate into a judicial position. The GOP obviously likes this Halloran guy. maybe it’s the “ritualized drinking”…


msmolly | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:17 pm 21
In response to RieszFischer @ 18

I would be willing to bet that a lot of people think pagan = atheist. I know I did years ago — my bad (or, my uninformed bad). It probably wasn’t until I joined the Unitarian Universalist church and learned more about pagans that I found out how wrong i was. I am still an atheist, but at least I have a better understanding of some of the non-Christian beliefs. UUs incorporate other faith traditions into some of their services.


RieszFischer | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:19 pm 22

I’ve actually known religious wingnuts who thought it was bad for kids to read the Harry Potter books, thinking it could lead them to the devil.

It’s kinda funny– if a Christian does it it’s a “miracle” but if a Pagan does it it’s “magic”.


SanderO | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:26 pm 23

religion = YUCK


RieszFischer | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:27 pm 24
In response to msmolly @ 21

I grew up in the UU church. It seemed like most of the UUs were atheists (I always was). Most of them have a generalized reverance for nature.

Now I attend a Unity church. We also incorporate other faiths in our services.


Teddy Partridge | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:27 pm 25
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 19

Isn’t “goofy religion” redundant? It is to me, anyway.


Lisa Derrick | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:29 pm 26
In response to RieszFischer @ 22

Sad but true. A friend’s daughter in a Dallas suburb ublic school was told that Harry Potter books wouldn’t count as “free reading” books for book reports (as opposed to assigned reading)–my friend changed her to a more progressive private school.

And Bush administration officials objected to giving author J.K. Rowling the Presidential Medal of Freedom because the Harry Potter books “encouraged witchcraft.”

That Halloran made his faith known to his local GOP and they supported him says a lot. They’re right, there shouldnt be a religious test for a candidate, as we do have separation of church and state.

And should Democratic candidate’s non-Christian religion comes up as a strike, there is a precedent that the GOP doesn’t have an issue with Pagans, so what’s the problem…I am actually proud of the GOP for taking such stance.


Lisa Derrick | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:30 pm 27
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 25

Any religion that can’t laugh at itself is still a cult!


RieszFischer | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:37 pm 28
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 27

It’s kinda funny to me how, among otherwise tolerant people, it seems to be acceptable to be intolerant of religion.


perris | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:41 pm 29
In response to RieszFischer @ 28

ah, paganism…a dirty word but we are all pagans after all

praying to saints, praying to the alter or to israel, praying to the son or the holy ghost, praying for one of our loved lost to help out

kissing the holy book or scroll, rising when the priest or rabbi enters, holding holy books holy

all paganism

we are all pagans aren’t we


perris | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:46 pm 30
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 26

I wonder if they allow any of the king arthur books?

merlin was a warlock after all and the king pulled the magic sword from the stone

I wonder if they’ve banned bewitched?

or my mother the car for that matter

what about x files, I wonder if they banned x files or buffy the vampire slay girl

I wonder why they don’t ban that pagan image we all call santa, can’t have the red dude running around on flying sleighs with demon horned animals lighting the way with their red nose

I wonder if sinbad is banned, that magic carpet and the genie were pretty darned magical if you ask me

man, i don’t know what I would ahve done without barbara eden’s belly button

for that matter, eric clapton had a magic guitar as far as I am concerned

are they allowed to listen to the beatles magical mystery tour?


SanderO | Sunday September 27, 2009 06:56 pm 31

There are much better ways to waste one’s time than on religion.


Phoenix Woman | Sunday September 27, 2009 07:06 pm 32

And here is the real reason they’re sticking with him:

After the Tribune article hit, it looked like the local GOP honchos were going to replace Halloran on the ticket with a conservative Democrat and slip Halloran into State Supreme Court post–except that Halloran, admitted into the bar in 2003, lacks the required 10 years as an attorney to take the judgeship. But on Thursday, the Republicans stood by their man.

Ooops.


KitsapRiver | Sunday September 27, 2009 07:12 pm 33

I don’t know of any case where the Democrats elected a Pagan, do you?

I have long suspected that I could not be elected where I live because I am a Pagan. Yet here’s the GOP (in New York, but nonetheless, the GOP) running an openly Pagan high priest for office. Wow.


msmolly | Sunday September 27, 2009 07:12 pm 34
In response to RieszFischer @ 24

I have always heard that the Unity church is much more Christian than the Unitarian Universalists, although some UU churches are more “Christian” than others.

Mine (in a Detroit suburb) was not, which was one thing that attracted me. It was a long time before I could say, “I went to church” without shuddering inside. Lots of UUs are fleeing from other religions. Now I live in a town that has only one UU church, very small, not enough “going on” to keep me involved, after my two previous relatively large churches (in Mich. and Ohio). I miss it, sometimes.


RieszFischer | Sunday September 27, 2009 07:27 pm 35
In response to msmolly @ 34

I hear you. A lot of people hear the word “church” and run the other way.


NewsNag | Sunday September 27, 2009 07:43 pm 36
In response to Elliott @ 1

What everyone’s overlooking is the convergence and overlapping of Nordic paganism with rightwing “Christian Identity-type” white separatist believers. You’ll notice, if you research modern Nordic religionists even a little bit, that it’s a white-people-only thing. This guy may be a stalking horse for the corps of fascistic Republicans who lean toward white-identity politics, neo-nazi in philosophy, beliefs that are steadily gaining in power within the party.

A similar convergence/overlapping can be seen in the white-power movement’s embracing of environmental protection issues – it’s to do keep nature pristine for white people and to draw in susceptible young liberal types into their movement. That’s been going on for at least 20 years.

So forget this nonsense about Republicans being tolerant. They’re NOT!


cinnamonape | Sunday September 27, 2009 07:44 pm 37

Sounds as if he and Ann Coulter agree that the 14th and 15th Amendment should be repealed.

In his ranking system of Theodicy, he likely thinks large numbers of us are merely “thralls”…in not so many words…SLAVES.

This stuff was actually on his own web-site!!! No wonder they tried to take it down.

Ron Paul is his #1 politician…now it all makes sense.


AngelsAwake | Sunday September 27, 2009 08:13 pm 38

Beautiful. I can’t believe I’m saying this, it’s so ass-backwards insane. Why the Republicans? How did this happen? It’s like someone flipped the world back decades ago, and it is the party of Lincoln again. It is beautiful beyond compare.

Too often in this country the battle has been, not between religious freedom and religious bigotry, but between two kinds of religious bigotry- between the Christian and the Atheist. I don’t want those two people to fight for the throne of this country because I don’t want either of them sitting on it. I want a place where religion is left the hell alone- from all sides, religious and non-religious and many religious and… everyone. Everyone free. Not the current system.

To find anything different from that system- and from Republicans, of all damn people!- is a wondrous thing.

Though this does raise the weird hypothetical that in thirty years we’ll be bitterly complaining about the Religious Right, and be meaning Pagans. :)


AngelsAwake | Sunday September 27, 2009 08:14 pm 39
In response to NewsNag @ 36

Well, I just did some fact-checking, and you’ve got an excellent point.

Shit, and I just wrote a whole long post about how great it was to see multi-religious support. Dammit.


AngelsAwake | Sunday September 27, 2009 08:17 pm 40
In response to RieszFischer @ 28

It’s a recurring theme with progressives. Tolerance of anything but religion is fine. Religion itself is an annoyance to be dealt with.

But you take the cards you are dealt. As a highly religious person, I am motivated to stand with progressives for the simple reason that they really do better work for people than conservatives do. As a highly religious person, I just ignore it when progressives get on a “religion is bad!!!1!” kick.


gtomkins | Sunday September 27, 2009 08:42 pm 41

We’re all pagans now

Last I heard, Mammon was a pagan god, and no cult is more widely and faithfully followed in this country than that of Mammon.


AngelsAwake | Sunday September 27, 2009 08:45 pm 42
In response to gtomkins @ 41

True, true. The altar of Money and Big Business gets more sacrifices on it than all other religions put together.


Ryan | Sunday September 27, 2009 11:53 pm 43

I have a hard time thinking the vast majority of the people on the left aren’t “tolerant” of the religious. Sorry to say this, but that’s just BS. The record must be corrected.

Intolerance is being persecuted against. When did anyone on the left try to ban anyone from attending church or practicing their faith?

In all but a few states in this country, same sex relationships aren’t recognized. The federal government doesn’t recognize legally-sanctioned relationships of that kind. That’s intolerance.

Lots of people on the left view all holy books just as fictional as Harry Potter, but that doesn’t mean they’re intolerance. Tolerance is accepting and refusing to persecute those who are different. The Left of this country, for all intents and purposes, does that with a flourish.


solerso | Sunday September 27, 2009 11:58 pm 44
In response to KitsapRiver @ 33

JUSUS CHRIST ARE YOU KIDDING? democrats elect a pagan? they are still sucking up to the NRA trying to get wayne la pierre to admint they arent “socialists”..i think paganism’s great. i dont really know anything about it escept in the historical sense,but it seems roght and good that, after being virtually exterminated by monotheists, people are dumping it now for polyrtheism and nature religions.


Natasha Chart | Monday September 28, 2009 01:41 am 45
In response to RieszFischer @ 22

The ‘Harry Potter is paganism’ charges have always been hilarious to me. For one thing, if pagans could really do any of that, there wouldn’t have been a successful Inquisition. For another, the Harry Potter books have, afaict, presented an entirely agnostic fictional universe: there is no spiritual explanation for extraordinary happenings, no theology is presented or even debated, not a single character professes any faith whatever.

It’s hard to get a religious argument out of the books unless you’re part of the same fundamentalist culture that was busy spreading rumors in the 80s that Smurf toys were possessed by demons, causing many fundamentalist parents (including mine,) to throw away the Smurf toys of their very disappointed offspring (including me.)

Also, Lisa, minor quibble: it’s Asatru, rather than Astaru. But otherwise, thanks for writing about this like you did.


Snowcalla | Monday September 28, 2009 09:23 am 46
In response to NewsNag @ 36

Not really. There ARE some Heathen groups that are all “White Power” but most are nothing like that and go to great lengths to distance themselves from hate groups posing as a religious group. Most of the “white Power” Heathen groups are formed in prisons and that’s where they stay – at least in the USA. Overseas it is a bit of a different matter as many religious groups are also “nationalistic” in flavor.

NewsNag – you are putting forth a religious stereotype that is incorrect and irresponsible.

This article helps explain what the religion is and the problem that they have faced by hate groups looking to corrupt the religion.

http://www.religioustolerance.org/asatru.htm


NewsNag | Monday September 28, 2009 09:25 am 47

Regarding the subterranean American white power movement’s embrace of Nordic paganism, we progressives and other fair-minded peoples had better get an understanding of the festering network of white-separatist racists and their thinking and the means they have been employing for decades to expand their reach and cohesion.

Otherwise, we will wake up one day under a Republican government that is not only the usual vile and vindictive GOP that we know and loathe, but will be teeming with neo-nazi functionaries at all levels of that government. That has happened to a very limited extent already, even moreso with Bush II than those that came before, but if we let them slip into the cracks of the mainstream unacknowledged and unchecked, then we are heading for a hell of a nasty ride.

This applies across the world as well, especially in eastern Europe and Russia, where neo-nazis and other anti-semites and fascist racists have been simmering toward a boil since the early 1990s. The economic conditions and the concomitant tilt rightward there presages a nasty turn, making it that much more important that the U.S. hold the course against fascism and racism at home.

Otherwise, we’re heading toward a terrifying world war the outcome of which is far from guaranteed.


NewsNag | Monday September 28, 2009 09:47 am 48
In response to NewsNag @ 47

Yes, Snowcalla, I agree with you. Most of the Nordic stuff is just fine, a fine religion. Sorry if what I wrote appeared to lump that in with the extremist minority. But please don’t take the present’s apparent relative calm and the extremists’ current lack of overt significance as the end of a potential looming storm; that would be unconscionable dereliction of public duty.

What I tried to convey is that the Nordic white separatist religionists already form a small but vibrant core of the U.S. white fascist racist movement – now, this day – in the U.S. even outside of prisons, and as you say in Europe/Russia already. It shouldn’t be ignored and downplayed.

To overlook that knot of highly motivated and organized followers is to overlook the overall cohesion they embody and a throbbing growth engine that the white power movement can feed off of. From that tight kernel (nut, if you will) can easily come a much bigger exponential increase.

All it takes is for a certain few power brokers/corporate backers to silently shift to positions of support of the semi-respectable political face they show to the public. That’s how movements grow. That’s how it has grown in Europe. And the U.S. is not immune. Especially with the financial collapse reshuffling the deck in ways we haven’t begun to fathom yet.

Watch Europe and Russia. The nordic white separatists and their fellow haters are gathering a focused yet manic energy that proved unstoppable in the 1930s. The U.S. had its lesser version then as well and had better be prepared to deal with it at home and abroad. Otherwise we’ll wake up one morning with a Republican government returned to power that is peppered with even worse racists and with thinly disguised white separatists and even cleaned-up neo-nazis. Then it will be too late.

It can happen here, and it’s incipiently happening “over there” already.


Snowcalla | Monday September 28, 2009 11:10 am 49
In response to NewsNag @ 48

But you left the impression to everyone reading these comments that Heathens ARE a racist hate-group and that this candidate in particular is being supported because he is racist. I would just like to make it clear to people that this is not the case.

You’ll notice, if you research modern Nordic religionists even a little bit, that it’s a white-people-only thing. This guy may be a stalking horse for the corps of fascistic Republicans who lean toward white-identity politics, neo-nazi in philosophy, beliefs that are steadily gaining in power within the party.


Lisa Derrick | Monday September 28, 2009 11:33 am 50
In response to NewsNag @ 36

Theodism split Astaru which has a more aggressively white-male side. However Astaru is shunned by certain Christian Identity neo-Nazi groups. Fascist and racist views can creep into belief systems.

While Theodism appears to have a patriarcal hierarchy, like really, so what? So do lots of religions.

At least here SoCal, various Druidic, Norse and related groups have no issue admitting people of color to their groups. It’s a belief system, not a race thing.

There are lots of Pagan groups to choose from, some exclusively male, some exclusively female, some which emphasize African or Native Peoples’ original faiths. Others go more European, or Greco-Roman, some do Pick what resonates with you.

But in NO WAY are the majority of Pagan groups racist, fascist or anything else, and I wouldn’t cast Halloran’s faith as anything more than a magical working group that uses the Norse pantheon as opposed to the Celtic or Greek or whatever. Not everyone who uses the Norse pantheon is a white supremacist, and to imply that is narrow minded and bigoted.


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