Residents of a small town in Minnesota packed a town hall to express opposition to a pagan Nordic heritage group that had plans to move into an abandoned church, numerous sources reported.
The Asatru Folk Assembly (AFA) sought a permit to turn an abandoned Lutheran church it bought in Murdock into its Midwest regional gathering hall, the Associated Press reported. Nearly 50 people in the town of 275 filled the town hall in opposition of the permit request.
A big crowd in a western Minnesota town comes to a special meeting to grill the representative of a controversial Nordic heritage church looking to setup a Midwest regional gathering hall there. https://t.co/OC1Jk9YbNL
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) October 15, 2020
The group is pre-Christian and practices a northern European pagan religion, using Nordic imagery to recruit members. Its founder, Stephen McNallen, has said white people have a responsibility to protect the white race, according to the West Central Tribune, citing a 2017 YouTube video. Although the AFA denies being racist, the group’s leader Matthew Flavel spoke at a 2018 event that celebrated the birthday of George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party, and described