Jul 29, 2014 1:33 AM GMT
Bertram Dahl has been at odds with officials in his town of Beebe, Ark., over Pagan services conducted in his home.
NYT: Bertram Dahl is a boyish 48-year-old who was raised in rural Arkansas by a Pentecostal preacher. He is fond of wearing loose white tunics; in this land of boots and ball caps, he can seem like a visitor from Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine.
His religion also sets him apart. Mr. Dahl is a self-described high priest of Paganism, dedicated, according to his website, to seeking “the truth of what came before the idea of monotheism.”
Is Mr. Dahl’s dream of opening a Pagan temple next to his house being denied because the idea does not go over so well in this Bible Belt town? Was the 35-foot-tall lighthouse across the street — constructed by a Pentecostal church soon after Mr. Dahl moved to the neighborhood — flashing its light into his windows to harass him? And just what is a 35-foot lighthouse doing in landlocked Beebe anyway?