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Pagan Priest's Battle in Beebe Attracts National Spotlight
Bert Dahl sits at a table holding several items used in the practice of Paganism.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The story of a Beebe man's struggle with his city to build a pagan temple on his property is making the pages of a New York City-based newspaper.
We first told you about
Bert Dahl in June after the city told them his property doesn't meet zoning code requirements for the project.
The Beebe mayor and city attorney have said the city is not discriminating against Dahl, as he has claimed.
According to Dahl, he would have to divide his current property into two parcels and construct a new building with utility and wiring to prevent a multi-use issue.
He estimates the improvements and meeting those requirements would take several years and cost nearly $250,000.
At last report, Dahl was unsure of what comes next, saying he's trying to obtain legal counsel and seeking spiritual support.
In an article with the headline "Pagan High Priest Finds Few Believers Inside an Arkansas City Hall," Richard Fausset writes in the New York Times "Is Mr. Dahl’s dream of opening a Pagan temple next to his house being denied because the idea does not go over so well in this Bible Belt town? Was the 35-foot-tall lighthouse across the street — constructed by a Pentecostal church soon after Mr. Dahl moved to the neighborhood — flashing its light into his windows to harass him? And just what is a 35-foot lighthouse doing in landlocked Beebe anyway?
Click here to read the full article from the New York Times.