130 – Heathenism in the US Navy

January 12, 2019

The Question of the Week

“Could the Chinese Navy sink two of our aircraft carriers?” Sure, if our carriers sat in the middle of the sea with no crew, or support craft and were stationary….. It is a valid question though and I think it is posturing by China, but raises other questions. I think the one question every American should be asking right now is, “How do we pay back the $1.2 trillion dollars we owe China?” Mull on that one for a while…..

heathen definintion

I read an article on military.com called https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/01/03/sailors-hold-heathen-religious-services-aboard-deployed-aircraft-carrier.html . Come to find out Heathenism is an actual religion. It is based on the Nordic gods. You will recognize some of the gods Heathens worship. Odin, Thor, and Loki are just a few of the deities that can be worshipped. Who knew?

The story goes on to say that, “Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Joshua Wood, a practitioner of Heathenry for more than five years, was appointed Heathen lay leader for the carrier. ” This means that the sailor had to meet the requirements from his religion and the Navy in order to be appointed as a lay person. Wood can now conduct sumbels on this ship for others who practice heathenism.

A sumbel is a rite or ritual where a drinking horn is passed around the group. Members of the group say a prayer to the god or gods they want honor and then pass the horn around. The leader then concludes the ritual.

Cynically, I could look at this and say this is just an excuse to get out of work and cause more headaches for the brass. However, freedom to practice one’s goes back to the Pilgrims on the Mayflower.

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