The church the Asatru Folk Assembly bought and are requesting a permit to use as a regional church, is seen Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Murdock, Minn. It currently only has a residential permit. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)

MURDOCK, Minn. (AP) — Residents packed a town hall in a tiny western Minnesota community to voice opposition to plans by a controversial Nordic heritage church that has been identified as a white supremacist group. The Asatru Folk Assembly bought an abandoned Lutheran church in the Swift County town of Murdock and wants a permit to turn it into a Midwest regional gathering hall. AFA board member Allen Turnage told the crowd the church would not admit a Black person “because they’re not of northern European descent.” Most of the 50 people at a special City Council meeting Wednesday night opposed AFA’s permit request. The council plans to vote on the church’s permit at a Nov. 4 meeting.

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