Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Minnesota Town Approves Asatru Zoning Request

The Washington Post reported yesterday on a controversial religious zoning battle in the 273-person town of Murdock, Minnesota:

The Murdock City Council voted 3-1 ... to allow the Asatru Folk Assembly to turn the run-down church it purchased in July into its first “hof,” or gathering place, in the Midwest. The looming presence of the obscure Nordic folk religion, widely classified as a White supremacist hate group by extremism and religious experts, promoted months of pushback from concerned residents.

City leaders, meanwhile, were advised that denying the AFA’s permit could leave Murdock vulnerable to a potentially devastating religious discrimination suit.