Disgraced New York City Councilman’s Pagan Rituals Exposed

Queens Republican Dan Halloran is at the center of a scandal involving an attempt to influence the New York City mayoral race with bribes.

Bizarrely, he may also be the most influential pagan politician in city history, with the press now carping on the odder beliefs and activities of his faith, Theodism, including a time when he was stripped, tied to a tree, and whipped as punishment for improper actions toward a female slave. The New York Post attempts to wrap its head around it all:

Halloran – arrested Tuesday as the suspected bag man in state Sen. Malcolm Smith’s alleged plot to buy his way onto the mayoral ticket — has been publicly flogged as part of his Theodish punishments.

Halloran converted in the 1980s from Catholicism to the pre-Christian Germanic religion, whose believers drink mead or whiskey from horns and dress like characters in a Renaissance fair. He learned about their tough disciplinary code when he committed an undisclosed act against a female “thrall” — or probationary servant. He was stripped to his waist, strapped to a tree and flogged with a belt 11 times.

The then-married defense lawyer made his way up the Theodish ladder through the years and in 1997 was asked by “sacred king” Garman Lord to ditch his rank and join the splinter group Winland Rice.

Halloran wanted a rare exemption from the year of servitude as a thrall that the religion required. A thrall is auctioned off to members for lucky pennies — those found face up on the ground — and then the slave goes through a boot camp studying Nordic poetry, chopping wood and serving beer.

Halloran then plotted to “hive,” or form another splinter group. To do so, he had to duel with fellow member Nick Ritter in a treacherous game that involved chucking a 7-foot-long sapling tree spear at each other while 30 paces apart. Halloran lost by a couple points.

FBI agents arrested Halloran in a predawn raid on Tuesday on a raft of corruption charges. He was caught on wiretaps allegedly bribing two city GOP bosses to get Smith, a Democrat, on the Republican mayoral ballot.

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  • echar

    So he’s the patsy?

  • Evan Camomile
    • Matt Staggs

      This deserves more attention. I’m hoping that people will read it.

    • Charlie Primero

      Thanks Evan. Per Matt’s recommendation I read your link. I guess the lesson here is to perform a web search on a reporter’s previous writings to see how scummy they are before granting an interview and thus avoid the “How foolish I was. I got played.” http://www.mlnestel.com

  • Greenleaf Stickybud

    The bribes are a big deal, his religious choice should be irrelevant.

  • Matt Staggs

    This guy’s religious beliefs had nothing to do with his crimes, and it’s ridiculous that they’re making them the subject of a story. I don’t think that his religion is any more or less crazier than the other ones.

    • lifobryan

      One could just as easily say “a Catholic priest convicted of pedophilia took part in a daily cannibalistic ritual wherein the body & blood of an undead god were consumed by congregants.” Or “a Baptist minister convicted of embezzlement was known to hold worshipper’s heads underwater to simulate death, burial, and resurrection.”

  • Earthstar

    As I see it, the real story here is Halloran sexually violating a junior female member of his church, and the church covered up for him, just like the Catholic he was.

  • Hadrian999

    as long as he was trying to depose Herr Bloomberg I can forgive him

  • mole_face

    Not that much weirder than Catholicism or Mormonism.

    • mole_face

      I just now noticed that commenters here already pointed this out. Oh well.

  • BuzzCoastin

    everything about this story is Opera Buffa
    from the religion to
    bribing two city GOP bosses to get Smith, a Democrat, on the Republican mayoral ballot
    imagine trying to rig an already rigged race
    no wonder the FBI is involved
    Halloran was horning in on their turf