Carte Blanche To White Supremacy In Rural Minnesota?

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The debate about religious rights in America seems to have become even more heated in Donald Trump’s administration’s last days.

As the country becomes more intolerant of diversity and the rights of immigrant communities and communities of color, white supremacy is gaining ground in deep America.

As reported by the AP, the community council of Swift County in Murdock, Minnesota, has voted to grant a permit to the Asatru Folk Assembly (AFA), a Nordic heritage church identified as a white supremacist group, to convert an old Lutheran church into a Midwestern regional meeting hall.

With cameras turned off and refusing to identify voters in an online meeting, the community council approved by voice vote the church’s right to meet and celebrate its beliefs.

City Attorney Don Wilcox told council members that they faced possible legal action if they voted against the AFA based on their beliefs.

“There are certain constitutional protections that apply to religions,” Wilcox said. “I haven’t seen any evidence sufficient to overcome the presumption that they are a religion, whether you agree with it or not.

“There’s not a compelling interest in keeping that building from being used for meetings,” he added. “Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean they can’t do it.

Despite strong rejection by the church for refusing to accept members of color into its ranks, and despite community organized protests, the AFA maintains its desire to practice a European pre-Christian spirituality that has been labeled a hate group on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s records.

 

With information from the Associated Press.