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Pastor’s Viewpoint

July 20th, 2010

Our concerns relating to a 1,300 person mosque being proposed within a few feet of our church building have been briefly, publically aired. As a result we have received many comments. Most have been encouraging and supportive. Some have been of opposing views, but civil. Then others have been vitriolic. We have been called bigots, racists, hypocrites and intolerant by this last group. It is surprising to me how intolerant these who preach tolerance are of views which are different from their own.

Our reasons for opposing this mosque are two-fold. First, the location is wholly inadequate. There are about 1-2 usable acres on this plot because the back half is a steep hill with houses at the top, and the front half is in the flood plain. Their 25,000 sq. ft. mosque would have to be built looming over our church building. A building that size requires over 430 parking spaces. This is absolutely impossible to provide on their available space. A commercial parking structure of 4 to 6 stories would have to be erected in this rural residential area. Our property shares a 1,000 ft. boundary with the acreage they have bought next to us. This puts 2 groups with very different positions in a setting that cannot help but be confrontational. This group has sponsored rallies in this area that I would characterize as anti-Israel. We support Israel’s right to exist. Typically, we see mosques broadcasting their 5 daily calls to prayer over loud speakers. Although this may not initially happen, our concern is that it will.

Our secondary issue is regarding Islam itself. Wherever Islam is dominant, we see very different conditions, and we find widespread persecution against Christians. When we see the reports and read the accounts of the results of Sharia law, we certainly find ample cause to oppose the spread of Islam. There are certainly plenty of people who oppose any spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In America, we still have the freedom of speech to do that. Islamic law does not provide that blessed freedom.

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