I was always sort of rooting for Dan Halloran, the Republican pagan Queens, NY District 19 city councilman, because he showed that the GOP wasn’t totally overrun by uptight Christian theocrats (actually, many of the Republicans I know practice non-mainstream religions, but that’s probably because most of the people I know are not mainstream, period!). Halloran’s faith is a neo-pagan faith, Theodism.
Theodism is basically a cultural, religious, and martial organization practicing a reconstructed/revisionist form of pre-Christian Northern European polytheism. Theodism 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. And for rituals and events, dress is in period costumes.
Halloran–an attorney and partner in the firm Palmieri, Castiglione & Halloran, who served as legal counsel and incorporating attorney for the New York City Pagan Pride Project and as the chairman of the state Republican Liberty Caucus–was endorsed by the Queens County Republican Party during his 2009 run. Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa and the GOP executive committee were aware of Halloran’s religious beliefs when he announced his candidacy, and stood by him when the Queens Tribune ran a story about Halloran’s faith, managing to bring up “blood sacrifice.” It turned out that, according to 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…
Well, now Halloran has brought a greater shame on the GOP than not worshiping Jesus (and a greater shame on his faith than when he was whipped bare chested as punishment for committing an undisclosed act against a female “thrall” — or probationary servant, or when he was involved in several inter-sect struggles to set up his own “hive” group based on similar principles).
In a stunning act of idiocy, Halloran allegedly bribed two city GOP bosses to get state Sen. Malcolm Smith, a Democrat, on the Republican mayoral ballot. The New York Post reports that FBI agents arrested Halloran in a predawn raid on Tuesday on a raft of corruption charges, and that the Pagan politician had been caught on wiretaps saying:
You can’t get anything without the f–king money. Money is what greases the wheels — good, bad or indifferent.
Such thinking is spread across the 28-page federal criminal complaint, which detailed three bribery and corruption schemes totalling nearly $700,000 that unfolded in a series of meetings in restaurants, hotels, cars — and in Smith’s Albany office…..
Halloran, during a Jan. 31 meeting, declared that he needed money to get his “mortgage situation resolved,” according to the complaint.
Halloran also said he expected a job as deputy police commissioner or deputy mayor if Smith got elected.
And during a Sept. 27 meeting at a Manhattan hotel — part of a second alleged scheme detailed in the complaint — Halloran actually raised glasses with the undercover FBI agent and the cooperating witness.
Halloran had just collected $6,500 in illegal donations from them for his 2012 congressional campaign — promising a $20,000 payback in discretionary City Council funds in return.
“Pleasure doing business with you,” the cooperating witness said.
Halloran faces 45 years in prison if convicted, and it doesn’t seem likely that a steer will be thrown on the barbeque as a sacrifice to get him off. At least one pagan group, the Troth, with which he was involved seems to be distancing themselves from Halloran. The NY Post reports the Troth gave this statement:
Mr. Halloran is currently officially recognized as an Elder and Clergyman of the Troth, but he has been neither active nor involved with our organization for several years … If Mr. Halloran is convicted on these charges, then established Troth disciplinary procedures will be enacted, as Troth clergy are held to a very high standard. Our High Rede (Board of Directors) are aware of the issues and are carefully monitoring Mr. Halloran’s status, for the protection and integrity of our organization.