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Church told to reapply in bid to use vacant Reynoldsburg pool h...

There are 47 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Sep 28, 2009, titled Church told to reapply in bid to use vacant Reynoldsburg pool h.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

For two years, members of the Empowerment Worship Center prayed with kids and helped the poor inside a dance studio in a blighted section of Reynoldsburg.

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Danno From Powell

Pleasantville, OH

#1 Sep 28, 2009
What is going on in Reynoldsburg?

Take a drive down Main St, Livingston Ave and Brice Rd you'll see many store fronts that once had businesses that are vacant. Very few have been reoccupied with tenants.

We read and hear many different stories about those who would like to bring a business to the community only to be told it doesn't fit in the city's plan. It seems as though the residents of the community are being extremely if not prejudiced in wanting to limit those who want to be part of Reynoldsburg.

I guess a tattoo business is going to cause an undue drain on city law enforcement resources. Yet for those of us who already know the difference there have been many other legitimate legal issues from these other "traditional businesses".

A very long time ago in a situation like this others within the community would have worked with this individual for a win win situation that benefited everyone. I agree with the Mayor McCloud Rev. Charles Robinson's vision is to have a church that can help the community.

Sounds like to me there are certain individuals like Ken Wright within that community who don't want to see this happen. I could better see his concern if Rev. Robinson owned that liquor store. Perhaps Councilman Clemens would take a step as a community leader and see what he could do to help Rev. Robinson with the permits. Then again I guess it would be easier for those in the community to sit in judgment instead of helping those new combers wishing to be part of it.

What a shame it's not the Reynoldsburg my family and I once knew.
HOMER

Pickerington, OH

#2 Sep 28, 2009
It could be worse!!!!!!!!!!
whm 1956

Columbus, OH

#3 Sep 29, 2009
Another apparant reason why I am moving back to Detroit. The whites here in Ohio are VERY racist and are no better than the whites in the South. They (whites in Ohio) voted for Obama only because they were tired of being screwed by George W. Bush not because they were ready for REAL change. They (whites) don't want the UAW in Honda which by the way called American Blacks "useless farm equipment" and put their plants far away from the inner-city where Blacks that don't have decent transportation can get to them. But WHEN America finally falls to China or a terrorist nation maybe then white America will wake up and smell themselves. But then it will be too late.
CatInTheHat

Blacklick, OH

#4 Sep 29, 2009
whm 1956 wrote:
Anti-white racist babble.
If your car can't get you to Honda how is it going going to get you to Detroit? Have a safe trip and don't come back!
CatInTheHat

Blacklick, OH

#5 Sep 29, 2009
Wright and others are too hung up on how a church should look, or rather, shouldn't look when they should be interested in what it can do for the neighborhood. They need to face the facts. Big Bear is gone. If someone was interested in putting a grocery store in its place it would have happened by now. Reynoldsburg chased the pool hall out when it said NO to beer sales. I guess the people in the Brice-Livingston prefer empty storefronts over slightly unconventional enterprises.
John

United States

#6 Sep 29, 2009
These racist attitudes have been prevalent since these two black churches tried to open their own sometime ago.

Reynoldsburg is just one more hotbed of racism in Ohio, a state where the KKK still flourishes among the clower classes, still unwilling to work for an education, still using thier churches as stomping grounds for things small IQ's cannot understand, and still an embarrassment in Ohio.

And you wonder why businesses are failing in your community at a rapid pace?

No Human Being could tolerate the intolerance and live with themselves for long in Reynoldsburg. Nobody should.

God knows, I won't spend money there, let alone live in one more disgrace to Humanity, blighting the landscape.
John

United States

#7 Sep 29, 2009
whm 1956 wrote:
Another apparant reason why I am moving back to Detroit. The whites here in Ohio are VERY racist and are no better than the whites in the South. They (whites in Ohio) voted for Obama only because they were tired of being screwed by George W. Bush not because they were ready for REAL change. They (whites) don't want the UAW in Honda which by the way called American Blacks "useless farm equipment" and put their plants far away from the inner-city where Blacks that don't have decent transportation can get to them. But WHEN America finally falls to China or a terrorist nation maybe then white America will wake up and smell themselves. But then it will be too late.
There are those of us in Ohio who see no color barriers, only fellow Human Beings contributing to Life.

Please don't give up on Ohio because of the few communities oblivious to the fact they'll be in the minority in short order, who will need all the comfort they can find.

These communities continue to marginalize themselves to the point no one will choose to live there, given open hearts and a better understanding of the workings of God and the Universe.

To this day, I fail to see the churches condemning this kind of behavior in Reynoldsburg, which means they fail not only themselves but the people they've failed to enlighten, as well.

Time for civil rights marches in central Ohio.
John

United States

#8 Sep 29, 2009
One more thing. Mr Wright is arrogant enough to pretend to know the mind of God?

You're a disgrace to your community, and the two thousand fools who supported your overt racism without a thought in their heads.

How else does racism flourish but for jealous white trash, afraid someone else may get ahead.

I favor a general boycott of Reynoldsburg I've been involved in since the first black church was denied a permit, and I'll continue to ignore the plight of white trash in Reynoldsburg until someone shows courage and intitiative and demands an end to the lack of racism inherent in the entire community.
John

United States

#9 Sep 29, 2009
"an end to the racism inherent..." , rather than "lack of".

Sorry.
John

United States

#10 Sep 29, 2009
CatInTheHat wrote:
Wright and others are too hung up on how a church should look, or rather, shouldn't look when they should be interested in what it can do for the neighborhood. They need to face the facts. Big Bear is gone. If someone was interested in putting a grocery store in its place it would have happened by now. Reynoldsburg chased the pool hall out when it said NO to beer sales. I guess the people in the Brice-Livingston prefer empty storefronts over slightly unconventional enterprises.
Tell it like it is: Wright's a racist.

I'd like to see his family tree.

I need a good laugh this morning.
John

United States

#11 Sep 29, 2009
HOMER wrote:
It could be worse!!!!!!!!!!
What? Worse than having your parents name you Homer?
The Future

Grove City, OH

#12 Sep 29, 2009
It sounds to me like this guy shouldn't be in charge of organizing anything.
Meathead

Columbus, OH

#13 Sep 29, 2009
I have only seen storefront churches in the ghetto... and maybe R-burg council is trying to turn that area around for the better.

Here in New Albany a church has formed in our school's mini-theater. They also have services in the YMCA in Gahanna.

Why can't this man's church setup in a school or other venue? To me, that seems to be a more economic way to go anyway.
CatInTheHat

Blacklick, OH

#14 Sep 29, 2009
John wrote:
<quoted text>
Tell it like it is: Wright's a racist.
I'd like to see his family tree.
I need a good laugh this morning.
I do not know Ken Wright and am trying with great difficulty to keep this discussion civil.
daleliv

New Albany, OH

#15 Sep 29, 2009
It's odd that people claiming to be religious would try to dictate how a church should look and where it should be.
"Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, I am there among them." -Jesus, Mt. 18-20
Notice it doesn't say "as long as it's in a nice part of town and not in a store front."
daleliv

New Albany, OH

#16 Sep 29, 2009
John, you should be fair. In 2005, council voted to allow the church to move into the Big Bear location. It was the church that had trouble closing on the property. The city did not keep the church out in that instance.
American Joe

Columbus, OH

#17 Sep 29, 2009
Danno From Powell wrote:
We read and hear many different stories about those who would like to bring a business to the community only to be told it doesn't fit in the city's plan... A very long time ago in a situation like this others within the community would have worked with this individual for a win win situation that benefited everyone. I agree with the Mayor McCloud Rev. Charles Robinson's vision is to have a church that can help the community.
Sounds like to me there are certain individuals like Ken Wright within that community who don't want to see this happen.
Instructons and rules are just that -- instructions and rules. Rev. Robinson seems to have a problem in following them, or at least understanding them. I believe council made it clear what would need to be done to comply with the city's approval. Rev. Wright chooses to not comply with those requirements.

I agree with council.

“So far left, I'm right”

Since: Aug 09

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#18 Sep 29, 2009
daleliv wrote:
It's odd that people claiming to be religious would try to dictate how a church should look and where it should be.
"Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, I am there among them." -Jesus, Mt. 18-20
Notice it doesn't say "as long as it's in a nice part of town and not in a store front."
actually daleliv in the new king whitey version i believe that is amended in there ;-) LOL
heck, folks, i'm a devout atheist but i do know when to call a skunk a skunk, and this is classism and racism at its most backstabbingly ugly...let these people have their church, they're trying to help people in the community why would you not allow that?
John

United States

#19 Sep 29, 2009
daleliv wrote:
John, you should be fair. In 2005, council voted to allow the church to move into the Big Bear location. It was the church that had trouble closing on the property. The city did not keep the church out in that instance.
I have been fair. I remember the difficulties very well, but the closing was only one of them.

You have a racist council.

Time to deal with it.
John

United States

#20 Sep 29, 2009
CatInTheHat wrote:
<quoted text>
I do not know Ken Wright and am trying with great difficulty to keep this discussion civil.
It's a civil rights matter, but not your job to "keep this civil".

It's time for attitudes and prejudices in Reynoldsburg to change.

Just that simple.

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