Republican Dan Halloran (that's him at right) won the race New York City Council in Queens yesterday, despite a bunch of last minute articles focused on the fact that he practices Theodism, which involves Norse gods like Odin and Freyr. Says Halloran:
It is our hope to reconstruct the pre-Christian religion of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European peoples, within a cultural framework and community environment.
Score one for tolerance. Sure, it's just the city council. And sure, it's New York. But this guy is a full-on Pagan, for Odin's sake, and he just got elected to a pretty important public office. As a Republican.
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.