You Can Have Your God – Just Not in My Town

I’ve been wondering what behemoth structure was being erected around the block from my house, so I looked online to see if I could find related articles.

I learned that the huge structure is to be a Hindu temple.

A few months ago, I’d heard that there was another temple in the works somewhere else in my area. I wanted to know what was up with that one, so I looked for some info. Today, I found this article related to the plans for this other huge temple. After reading it, I feel that I have yet another reason to be ashamed to live in Gwinnett County.

Basically, the congregation that was trying to get their place of worship built was told that their temple doesn’t go with the scenery. Among the lame-ass reasons the congregation was given, height, general look, and size were major issues. A resident even had the nerve to state that people in the neighborhood have the right to preserve the way the area has looked over the years (which really isn’t that great to begin with). What about the right to purchase land and do whatever the hell you want with it if you can afford to do so? Is Home Depot sexy? Does the hideous orange match with all the neighborhoods in which the stores reside? I could go on and on…

So why am I so irritated? Well…for starters, you can take a look at this monstrosity. Oh, and how about this one? While some people may view these buildings (they look more like compounds to me) with pride because they reflect their personal faith and views, there are others who feel that they’re eyesores. And they cause massive traffic that can last for hours on the weekends. Still – no one would have the nerve to tell Christians that they can’t build their gigantor churches and schools – well, not in Georgia anyway.

To get a view of how other areas of the country handle such issues, check this out.

3 Comments so far

  1. kevin (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 5:54 am

    Gwinnett County went through this a few yeats back when plans were underway for the construction of a new Mosque. Residents first were concerned about having to hear a call to prayer five times a day until they learned that the Adhan isn’t something most Mosques broadcast in this country. Then it became a concern that the dome would be too tall and not meet current building restrictions. The imam pointed out that a local Baptist church had a steeple that was taller than their planned dome but that architects for the project would improvise and come up with an alternative plan.

    It’s high time people read their U.S. Constitution and learn that regulation of religious expression is something its authors felt was not the government’s job.

  2. Lori (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 9:59 am

    Great post. I think the new mosque on 10th Street is gorgeous. Much better than a strip mall mega-church.

  3. Margaret - UGA (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 4:00 pm

    The mosque is gorgeous, but it has taken a very long time to be built. Personally, I wouldn’t mind hearing prayer calls. They’re beautiful.

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