"We cannot deny something we do not like," Thomas said. "It's their right. We cannot say this kind of establishment cannot go anywhere. We can only mitigate.
I watched the proceedings. Sharon Thomas was the smartest person in the room, besides the lawyer. I do not plan on visiting this establishment, but I believe they have a right to build the place, especially after all the prerequisites were met for the permit.
To try to deny it solely on religious bias equates back to when there was the Salem witch trials. It has the right to be built. If you donít like it, donít go.
Maybe itís because Iím not a ďgod-fearingĒ person. That I can look at both sides of the issue. On one side, I see that all the proper paperwork and requirements was met, and there is no legal reason to deny the permit. On the other, I see pastors bemoaning this as ďagainst godĒ and ďsatanís workĒ, with no-one bringing forth any concrete evidence as to why the permit should be denied.
The city doesnít tell the churches how to preach, so the churches should have no say on business they donít like. I was in the military for just that reason.
Go back and read the transcripts. Sharon Thomas spoke reason. All Miguel Silva would talk about was religious arguments.