Esteban Parra, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal

WILMINGTON, Del. -- A rebranded arm of the Ku Klux Klan plans to meet Friday in Elkton, Md., attempting to attract new members.

The Confederate White Knights of Rosedale, Md., says on its website that its message is no longer based on skin color.

But its criteria for membership demands that joiners not be affiliated with either Jewish or Muslim faiths. They also must be "100% heterosexual," of European heritage and born in America.

The group was granted permission meet inside the Cecil County Administration Building in Elkton.

But officials there are not embracing the group's presence, especially since Klan activity in Cecil had diminished in recent years.

Community leaders have been focused on projecting a positive message to draw new businesses to the county, said Bonnie Grady, president and CEO of the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce. And while its unknown what this sort of meeting would do to discourage business or visitors, it's not welcomed attention.