Monday, April 26, 2004

OPPOSITION TO LDS MEETINGHOUSE

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Yet again we have a neighborhood opposing the construction of an LDS meetinghouse (in Park City, Utah):
Some Snyderville Basin residents are resisting efforts by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to build a 16,500-square-foot meetinghouse near their homes, citing increased traffic and degradation of their mountain views.
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The debate has turned nasty lately. A church-sponsored neighborhood informational meeting left both sides bitter.
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Trailside resident Tim Drain fears his three children, who ride bicycles and skateboards in the neighborhood, will be in danger from increased traffic. "With this proposal, I'd have five days a week, 52 weeks a year of (heavy traffic) use in my neighborhood," he said.
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There are legitimate planning issues, Greenhalgh [the head of the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission] said. But he also sees a not-in-my-backyard attitude.

"People are enjoying the quietness and beauty of the mountains. Having an edifice erected in the neighborhood can be offensive to them, Greenhalgh said. "The definition of an environmentalist is the last person to move into the neighborhood."
So Mormons create "heavy traffic" to their buildings five days per week, every week of the year? Gimme a break. Mr. Drain's complaint is absurdly overwrought.

I would honestly like to know if other religions face the same consistent opposition to building houses of worship as do the Mormons.