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Arkansas town bans pagan temple after finding out it’s not Christian: Your ‘God isn’t my God’

Posted by on Jun. 18, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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Arkansas town bans pagan temple after finding out it’s not Christian: Your ‘God isn’t my God’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:41 EDT

High Priest Bertram Dahl (KARK)
 

The high priest of an Arkansas temple said that the city of Beebe ordered him to close after finding out that his religion was pagan, not Christian.

High Priest Bertram Dahl told KARK that Beebe Mayor Mike Robertson had initially supported his plans to open a Seekers temple and spiritual good shop in the garage behind his home.

“When they knew we were going to open a church, it wasn’t an issue,” he explained. “We explained to [the mayor] the house had a building that we could open the church in, and he had no problem.”

But Dahl said that the city’s attitude changed after learning that members of the temple were pagan.

“We were basically given a cease and desist you know — shut down. We hadn’t even unpacked. We aren’t even open — how are we getting this,” Dahl asked.

Although he had not even applied for permits yet, Mayor Robertson let it be known that he thought that no conditional or special use permits should be given to Dahl. That same day, the city’s code officer sent a letter ordering Dahl to cease and desist.

City Attorney Barrett Rogers insisted to KARK that Dahl could not be allowed to open the temple because his residential property was not “zoned commercial, which is what’s required for a place of worship or a retail business.”

Dahl, however, pointed out that properties that were zoned R-2 were allowed to have places of worship and private nonprofits, according to the city’s code.

He said that he had asked the mayor’s office for permit applications, even though he was told it would never be approved.

“I haven’t seen any of that [permit application] paperwork. My understanding is he has not asked to be given the paperwork,” Rogers said. “Had he asked for the paperwork it would have been provided.”

When KARK asked Mayor Robertson about the paperwork, he said that “there was no permit he could apply for.” Robertson declined to be interviewed on camera.

Dahl also appealed to his alderman for assistance, but the alderman told KARK that Dahl’s “God isn’t my God.”

The station noted that other homes in the neighborhood were operating businesses at home.

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MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on Jun. 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM
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They can't ban another religion!  This is more embarrassing nonsense to persons of any of the Christian faiths. 

nlrhc
by on Jun. 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM
So wrong
Arroree
by Ruby Member on Jun. 18, 2014 at 2:16 PM
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But but but it's the Christians who are discriminated against here in the US, not all the minority religions...

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Jun. 18, 2014 at 7:12 PM
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Do people not see how shitty they are or do they just not care?
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jun. 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Sigh....He's in the wrong part of the state. Move west about 30 miles then go and about 95 miles north and he would be fine. Lots and lots of pagans in the NWA region.  

There are some crazy spots out there though....crazy and intolerant.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jun. 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

They just don't care.

Quoting LauraKW: Do people not see how shitty they are or do they just not care?


jllcali
by Jane on Jun. 19, 2014 at 1:36 AM
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So much for freedom of religion....
angelenia
by Bronze Member on Jun. 19, 2014 at 2:07 AM
Bump
AllofFive19
by Bronze Member on Jun. 19, 2014 at 5:08 AM
Both.

Quoting LauraKW: Do people not see how shitty they are or do they just not care?
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jun. 19, 2014 at 6:58 AM
It only applies to the majority religion

Quoting jllcali: So much for freedom of religion....
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