Two residents of Beebe seeking to open a Pagan temple in town have said they faced discrimination from Beebe city officials, according to a report from The Huffington Post.
Bertram and Felicia Dahl initially got supportive response from the local government in Beebe when they told officials they planned to open a church in the garage behind their home. That changed when officials found out that the place of worship was going to be a Pagan church, The Huffington Post reported.
Dahl said that when he went to rent out a nearby park for the 12th Annual Pagan Pride festival, he was quoted an “unusually high fee” and was also served a cease and desist notice from the city, even though the Pagan church hadn’t opened yet, according to The Huffington Post.
Beebe Mayor Mike Robertson said the property was not zoned for commercial use, even though there are other commercial buildings on the same street, The Huffington Post reported.
The mayor reportedly told Dahl during a meeting that they “would not be opening a Pagan anything” in the town, and if they tried to attend a town meeting, they’d be barred from the docket, according to The Huffington Post.
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