Sunday, June 15, 2014

Speaking of religion: Pagans stir a fuss in Beebe

Posted By on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 7:35 AM

click to enlarge screen_shot_2014-06-15_at_7.30.16_am.png
Heard of the Seekers Temple? If not, I expect you will before long.

It's a pagan temple and store that says it has run into a slew of headaches in attempting to pursue its business and religion in Beebe, Ark.

Bertram and Felicia Dahl, the high priest and priestess of Seekers Temple, have this extensive account, "Problems in Beebe." They say Beebe officials had welcomed their move from El Paso until they found out they were pagans. The accusations range from prior-restraint code enforcement to discriminatory park rental policies to arrests for complaining about harassment from another church by means of a rotating lighthouse beacon flashing on their home.

It's a monumental account. It is also only one side of the coin. But if the ACLU gets involved, it might be more fully developed.

This much we know. Beebe Mayor Mike Robertson, whom the Dahls say has been resistant to their operation, has demonstrated before his thinking on church-state separation. In 2010, we wrote about some religious practices there and quoted the mayor:

It is my opinion and the Beebe City Council's that government leaders must pray to God as the true leader of the nation and that a nation cannot exist if they are not one nation under God trusting in God as the leader. It is my opinion government has allowed non-believers far too many liberties taking God out of our daily lives. As mayor of this city I will continue to open our meeting with a prayer and a pledge to our country – one nation under God.

Priest Dahl says the mayor's animus toward his particular beliefs is so strong he won't allow Dahl to speak at City Council meetings. Dahl asked for supporters to join him June 23 as he seeks, again, to be heard.

Writes Dahl:

We only wish to worship in peace and do not feel it is the right of the Christians to bully us out of their town.

The Pagans of this country should have the same right of Freedom of Religion.

Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (40)

Showing 1-40 of 40

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-40 of 40

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Executionpalooza

    Appearances count. I was struck by a single sentence over the weekend in a full page of coverage in The New York Times devoted to the killing spree in Arkansas, beginning with a front-page account of the recent flurry of legal filings on pending executions and continuing inside with an interview with Damien Echols, the former death row inmate.
    • Apr 20, 2017
  • Death Row inmates argue to keep stay of execution in place; urge 8th Circuit not to 'rush' analysis

    Early this morning, attorneys for nine Death Row inmates, filed an argument with the 8th United States Court of Appeals contesting the state's effort to override Judge Kristine Baker's order Saturday that halted executions scheduled this month.
    • Apr 17, 2017
  • Federal judge denies execution stay for Don Davis but larger stay continues

    Don Davis, who's been moved to the killing facility of the state prison for killing tonight at 7 p.m. if a stay of execution is lifted in another federal suit, sought a stay in another federal court Sunday, but the request was denied.
    • Apr 17, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • FOI lawsuit filed for State Police firing records on ABC enforcement boss Boyce Hamlet

    Russell Racop has filed, as promised, his lawsuit over the State Police's refusal — under guidance from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge — to release records that provide information that led to the firing of current Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet as a state trooper.
    • Sep 9, 2015
  • State Police issues statement on Jason Rapert 'threats'

    The State Police have issued a minor clarification in what appears to be an effort to soothe an enraged Sen. Jason Rapert, exposed here as overly excited about both a Conway parking lot question from a constituent as well as some inflammatory Internet rhetoric that he's interpreted as a dire threat on his life. State cops took his reports seriously, they say. But in the end, they found nothing actionable.
    • Sep 15, 2015
  • Transgender electrician may sue employer over her firing

    Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright has ruled that Patricia Dawson, a transgender woman, may pursue her lawsuit that she was wrongfully fired by her employer, H & H Electric, because of her sex.
    • Sep 16, 2015

People who saved…

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Most Viewed

  • Family of girl who fell from Harrison church bus issues statement, says investigation ongoing

    The family of a 4-year-old girl from Harrison who fell from a moving church bus on April 19 issued a statement through their attorney yesterday, asking for privacy as the investigation into the incident continues. The family said the girl is still receiving medical care related to the incident — caught on a paramedic's dashboard camera — in which she opened the back door of a moving church bus and was flung to the pavement, with the bus driving away.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Lee's lawyer writes about executed man's last hours

    • Here in the UK we have no death penalty and we are a more civilised…

    • on April 26, 2017
  • Re: Tuesday line

    • Trumps tax reduction plan totally benefits the trump and kushiners real estate With a 24.9%…

    • on April 25, 2017
  • Re: Huckabee seeks laughter

    • I like that phrase "snake oil salesperson". I wish the media would stop referring to…

    • on April 25, 2017

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation