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Pagan Rites for Council Candidate

By Tom Robbins

Forget the mayoral, comptroller and public advocate races. The best political show in town is taking place in Bayside, Queens where leaders are wrestling with the question of whether a strong Republican city council nominee should be forced from his race — just because he’s a card-carrying pagan.

The candidate in question is GOP council nominee Dan Halloran who was revealed in a September 17 story in the Queens Tribune to be a member of a religious organization that is, well – heathen. Here’s how the Tribune described it:

“Halloran is the ‘First Atheling,’ or King, of Normandy, a branch of the Theod faith of pre-Christian Heathen religions assembled in the Greater New York area. A group of dedicated fellow pagans swear their allegiance to him through oaths of fidelity, allowing luck from a series of ancient gods – specifically the ‘Norse’ or ‘Germanic’ gods Odin, Tyr and Freyr – to pass through the King to his kinsmen.” In a website that quickly disappeared after the Trib story ran, Halloran wrote: “We believe in and honor the Gods and Goddesses of the North, spirits of the land, and the memories of our ancestors.”

Read the original article at: Village Voice

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