On July 4th, I stood before a crowd across the street from the White House and demanded that the Department of Veterans Affairs add Thor’s hammer to the list of religious symbols approved for headstones issued by the agency. The occasion was a rally for Pagan religious rights, coming only weeks after Wiccans won their lawsuit to have the pentacle inscribed on their headstones.
Other speakers spoke of the need for full religious rights and especially for the urgent need for Pagan military chaplains. My talk was the only one to concentrate on Thor’s hammer as a symbol for followers of Germanic religion.
First, I described the role of Thor’s hammer as an ancient sign of protection in Germanic religion, pointing out that early in the runic era depictions of the hammer were carved into massive stones marking graves in
I went on to say that there were thousands of followers of Germanic religions in the
Most of the presentation was captured on video, and will soon be available online.