Sep 15, 2011

Seems Like Mission Doesn’t Like Mormons

 -image from cbsnews

An article in The Monitor this week reports on how Mission landowners, and the city of Mission itself, have rejected the idea of a Mormon church/temple being built in the area.

The Mormon Church (a.k.a. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), of course, is not happy about this at all, and has officially threatened to sue the city if it doesn’t comply with it’s request for permits to build a temple within the next 40 days.

From the details mentioned in the report, it doesn’t seem as though there are any legitimate reason for denying the building of the temple. By that I mean, there’s no mention of things like public safety concerns, or that the specific location can’t handle large buildings or increased traffic. It just seems as though a substantial majority in the area just don’t want the church there. 

The report also pointed out that the Mormons have already bought the land where they intend to build the temple. All they need to get started on building is the required permits from the city.

Arguably, it appears as though the city of Mission is not only going against the constitutionally granted freedoms of religion, but also the fundamental freedom of property owners to do whatever they feel is best with land they legally own.

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