VA approves Thor’s hammer for gravestones

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VA approves Thor’s hammer for gravestones

July 23rd, 2013 | Battle Rattle | Posted by Gina Harkins
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Marines who label themselves modern-day heathens and wish to mark their grave with Thor’s hammer — their religion’s version of a cross or Star of David — now have Veterans Affairs approval to do so.

While some only know of Thor as a comic book hero, he actually dates back to Norse mythology. Thor used his magical hammer to protect humans and other gods from giants.

But today, that hammer means something special to those who practice Ásatrú and worship the Norse Gods. And as NPR’s “The World” reported last week, those who identify as such and served in the military now have the option of marking their gravestone with Thor’s hammer.

NPR interviewed John Browlee, a Boston-based writer who reports on technology, about the tie between those who practice the religion and Thor’s hammer. He estimates there are between 10,000 and 20,000 self-labeled modern-day heathens in the U.S.

To them, Browlee said, Thor’s hammer is their sort of crucifix — the symbol of their religion. It symbolizes what Thor stands for: honor, bravery, loyalty and virtue.

Many of the same traits respected in the military, he added.

But getting Thor’s hammer recognized as a legitimate religious emblem by the VA wasn’t easy, he said. Reason being that the VA had a problem with pagan symbols, and Thor’s hammer got lumped into that debate.

Now Thor’s hammer is one of 56 symbols approved by the VA that those who served in the military can request to have added to their headstones.
http://blogs.militarytimes.com/battle-rattle/2013/07/23/va-approves-thors-hammer-for-gravestones/

Here is a complete list of the allowed symbols:
http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/hmm/emblems.asp
 

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Get used to it. Once the word gets around about the hot tub snowball fights and the wenches in Valhalla, you're going to be seeing a lot more of this...

 

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There are some really kooky cults and even Persian Zoroastrianism, but the one that has me puzzled is a Sandhill Crane.

Evidently, the first same sex spouse military veteran died and her surviving wife requested it.

 

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Am I the only one who imagines their body disappearing after death? No burial, no cremation, just gone. Or lost, if you'd prefer.
 
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Ya half of those I have never heard of... this one seems be cheating...

 
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There was some five pointed Islamic symbol that was copyrighted... wtf...
 

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I knew a guy who had Teutonic Pagan on his army dogtags more than 20 years ago. Good for these guys.
 

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I knew a guy who had Teutonic Pagan on his army dogtags more than 20 years ago. Good for these guys.
Over 20 years ago, they wouldn't let me put "Heathen" on my dogtags. I had to settle for NRP... no religious preference. I hated the wishy washiness of that. I wanted to make a statement.
 

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Yet Gabrielists are still denied. For shame, for shame.

Just let it waft there for a while...
 

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Over 20 years ago, they wouldn't let me put "Heathen" on my dogtags. I had to settle for NRP... no religious preference. I hated the wishy washiness of that. I wanted to make a statement.
Heathen can be an inflammatory to people who follow other religions, esp to those ignorant to the fact that it simply means your a person who hasnt converted to a monotheistic religion, because it is used as a negative slur. It is also extremely vague in that it doesnt state which polytheistic religion you follow and most likely the reason they wouldnt allow it. Teutonic Pagan clearly states which polytheistic religion you are following and isnt used in a negative way which is probably why Dons friend was allowed to use it on his dog tags.
 

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Asatru , Wiccans, and Thelema are basically white supremacist groups in prison, that are allowed to exist under the guise of "religion." Asatru being the most highly populated where I am. I hardly ever hear of the other two anymore.

No difference in that and the Moorish Science Temple when it comes to the bleeks.
 

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Asatru , Wiccans, and Thelema are basically white supremacist groups in prison, that are allowed to exist under the guise of "religion." Asatru being the most highly populated where I am. I hardly ever hear of the other two anymore.

No difference in that and the Moorish Science Temple when it comes to the bleeks.
If I ever find myself in the horrific position of "goin' to the joint"... for whatever nightmarish reason... I'm running to the Aryan Nation or Asatru or whatever as fast as my lily-white legs will carry me. Because... in the wise words of the great racist Sir Anthony of Cumia...

"There's only one thing worse than sucking white dick."
 

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If I ever find myself in the horrific position of "goin' to the joint"... for whatever nightmarish reason... I'm running to the Aryan Nation or Asatru or whatever as fast as my lily-white legs will carry me. Because... in the wise words of the great racist Sir Anthony of Cumia...

"There's only one thing worse than sucking white dick."
On that note, I had a fun one kick off over the weekend. Apparently someone was experiencing a little of that "worse" action, when there was a biting incident, followed by an ass kicking. Biter is in the hospital, and bitee is icing up in the infirmary.
 

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Heathen can be an inflammatory to people who follow other religions, esp to those ignorant to the fact that it simply means your a person who hasnt converted to a monotheistic religion, because it is used as a negative slur. It is also extremely vague in that it doesnt state which polytheistic religion you follow and most likely the reason they wouldnt allow it. Teutonic Pagan clearly states which polytheistic religion you are following and isnt used in a negative way which is probably why Dons friend was allowed to use it on his dog tags.

Yeah, you gotta work the system.