Well after 3 1/2 hours of reading I was finally called up to a courtroom that was going to hold a civil case. I was one of the 8 jurors whose number was picked to sit in the jury box itself. Then each one of us was called up to answer questions in front of the judge and the plaintiff's attorney, and the defendant's attorney. Now be forewarned ! I always say what is on my mind, and I always tell the truth, to the dismay sometimes of others. The judge made us fill out a questionnaire before we were seated in the box, and there were about 10 questions on the end of the questionaire that the judge told us he would ask us in front of the two attorneys.
One of the questions I was asked was if I thought our American system of being judged by our peers in a court was the best system. I answered that because it was based on the old Danelaw, and ideas, and ideals used in the systems like the All - Thing, I thought it was the best idea for justice. They questioned me as to how I knew so much about these things so I told them that I had studied Liberal Arts , and specifically history when I was in college, and that as a Heathen priest, and teacher in the old religions, that it was something that held an interest for me. As soon as I said the word Heathen priest, I swear to you they all leaned backwards slightly away from me, and all gasped as though I just told them I was a puppy killer or something ! When I told them I had two religious websites, ( they asked what my interests were), they just rolled their eyes. Though I think that they thought they did it without me seeing it . They then thanked me for my answers and sent me back to the jury box.
At first I thought it didn't matter that I had brought up my pagan religious beliefs because I sat in the jury box for over an hour while four other people were excused. Then the plaintiff's lawyer walked over to the bench whispered something to the judge, and a few seconds later I was excused also. So I went back downstairs to wait to be called again or released for the day.
For 30 years now I have been getting called for jury duty, about every 4 - 5 years, and I have never been allowed to sit on a jury for a case. Not that I want to mind you, but I would like to know if my religious preference has anything to do with their decisions to excuse me. They do not have to have a reason to excuse you,under law however, with each lawyer getting several chances to excuse a juror without a reason. Judging by their shocked responses to my answers though I would say that it has to factor into it just a little. It shows me that we as, Heathens / Pagans, have not really made much progress with people from other religions, and that we have a long, long way to go before we have even a small chance of acceptance. In the meantime, however, their attitudes at least get me out of jury duty .
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja' s love, and Thor's protection !