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Thor worshipper sues prison authorities

IN the very unlikely event of us ever feeling the need to worship a god, we could do a lot worse than choosing the Nordic deity, Thor.

Unlike the bad-tempered, psychotic old God of the Jews, Christians and Muslims, Thor – for all his antics with his mighty, magic hammer, Mjolnir – seems to have been an amiable sort of fella, who would never dream of visiting floods or pestilence upon innocent folk.

thor.jpgWhat’s more, he is so often portrayed as virile young hunk, not a grumpy, dysfunctional old git.

Nevertheless, we can understand why the authorities at the Utah Department of Corrections might be a tad nervous about allowing Michael Polk to worship Thor while in prison.

Polk is suing the Utah Department of Corrections for denying him his right to have religious items he claims are necessary for him to practice the ancient Nordic religion of Asatru while behind bars. The religion worships ancient Nordic gods like Odin, Thor, Tyr and Heimdal

According to World Wide Religious News, Polk, who is serving time for aggravated assault and robbery, said in his federal court lawsuit that he has been a member of the Asatru faith since 2005 – and to properly practice it he needs items including a Thor hammer, a prayer cloth, a mead horn used for drinking wassail, a drum made of wood and boar skin, a rune staff and a sword.

Hmmm, a hammer and a sword in the hands of an wassail-soaked prison inmate with violent tendencies …. We await the outcome of this case with considerable interest.

You can learn a bit more about Thor and other interesting gods here.

6 responses to “Thor worshipper sues prison authorities”

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  2. Good for him. We either need religious tolerance (and therefor rational intolerance) or we don’t. Pick a side. I say give the man his Hammer, make it tiny, I say give him his sword, make it out of wood. etc etc.

  3. Stefan Henriksen says:

    If your religion is that important to you, and you can’t practice it in prison, then you shouldn’t assault someone.

    Religious people MUST abide the same laws as everyone else. If you want to stop eating pork, that’s fine with me. That doesn’t hurt anyone.
    If you want to carry a sword, or if you feel the need to discriminate woman and homosexuals, that’s not okay. Find a country, who allows those things, and move to that country.

    And stop calling it Asatru faith. That translates to Asafaith faith. 😉

  4. GMNightmare says:

    “Find a country, who allows those things, and move to that country.”

    That country at the moment, ironically, is called America. That’s what this article is for…

  5. James Smith says:

    More proof to my assertaition that most of the problems of the world are, and always have been, caused by religion.

  6. None one's buisness says:

    Fuck him…and any and all criminals who find their religion at the sallyport of a prison!!

    I worked in one for five years. These guys are dusch-bags who know how to play the system…period.

    And believe me the Mooslums are the worst! They are all dangerous cowards!