Pagans push for church

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POSTED: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 9:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 9:09pm

Leaders in Beebe, Arkansas say zoning issues issues, not religious discrimination, are blocking a pagan house of worship. Melis

(KARK) A congregation of pagans say they're being discriminated against by the city leaders in Beebe, Arkansas.

High priest Bert Dahl wants to use a building behind his home as a place of worship and a spiritual goods shop.

He says resistance started when city leaders found out he was Pagan.

Beebe's mayor says it's not about religion, it's about zoning.

"There have been allegations of this as a civil rights issue, this is no more than a zoning issue," says Mayor Mike Robertson.

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