Neighbors fight proposed Hindu temple

Neighbors fight proposed Hindu temple

There are 95 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Apr 20, 2008, titled Neighbors fight proposed Hindu temple. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

RICHFIELD: Mayor Michael Lyons is hoping for an amenable resolution to the controversy over the proposed construction of a Hindu temple in the village.

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Resident

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Apr 21, 2008
This is a plain bigotry and hate campaign against Hindus.
Puleeze

Cleveland, OH

#2 Apr 21, 2008
This is a place of worship - not a terrorist camp. What is wrong with you people?
Old Man Grump April 21

Akron, OH

#3 Apr 21, 2008
These are not American hating Muslims from the near east. Let them build their place of worship.
mots

Atlanta, GA

#4 Apr 21, 2008
would they complain if a jewish synogogue was built on the property?
this is america and we are not supposed to have a class system....all though some people think we do. remember the metro bus parking lot in bath? heaven forbid!
DNB

Broadview Heights, OH

#7 Apr 21, 2008
Hinduism is the 4th largest religious group in the world. With 16% of the worlds' population practicing hinduism, it is ignorant to state that it is an "odd" religion. Non-judgment day is near!

Since: Mar 07

Canton, OH

#8 Apr 21, 2008
I can understand why the Hindu folks would like to have their temple in a nice quiet community. For some reason, I jes' can't see them feelin' too comfortable in Akron or Cleveland.

I also don't see any bigotry in the residents desire to maintain their residential community. It is their community after all, and they should have the right to decide what they want there. As it is, the folks who opposed the temple, only opposed it in the proposed location, they offered another location, within the community, as an alternative.
Jack

Cleveland, OH

#11 Apr 21, 2008
mots wrote:
would they complain if a jewish synogogue was built on the property?
yes they would...as is their right as property owners.
pete

Dayton, OH

#12 Apr 21, 2008
The way I see it, as promised by the Constitution of the United States and I am sure by the Charter of the mentioned city, is that this is a democracy. So majority should rule, and if necessary this disagreement should be settled by plebicite.

If they don't want a Hindu temple, so what...there are many other areas in Summit county to locate.
Claire

Akron, OH

#13 Apr 21, 2008
Please come to Akron. We would love to have an influx of wealthy educated families of worshippers in my community.
JAFO

United States

#14 Apr 21, 2008
It is interesting to note that just 2 doors South of the proposed building site on the same side of the street there is an Alzheimers nursing facility & Doctor & Dentistry building, but they don't seem to be too concerned about that.

The Alzheimer facility (Pine Valley) is a 24 hr. operation with a lit parking lot.

Their concerns sound a bit suspect perhaps?!
CC Baxter

Dayton, OH

#15 Apr 21, 2008
Jack wrote:
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yes they would...as is their right as property owners.
I thought your right as a property owner was to have a say in how you use your own property...not someone else's property.

If you mean "the right to comment on a development proposal", that is a right that extends to all people, whether they are property owners or not.

People in the suburbs are such bumpkins. Parking lot light glare? Give me a break.

This mentality is the reason that we will never end our dependence on oil, or build things in ways that make the least bit of sense. Back in ancient times (50 years ago) people used to live near churches, synagogues and (GOD FORBID) stores. This was so things would actually be convenient and one wouldn't have to drive five miles to buy a gallon of milk.

But now, in our paranoid modern era, we would rather hole up in our suburban bunkers and await the apocalypse. Which might just come in the form of a Hindu temple.
CC Baxter

Dayton, OH

#16 Apr 21, 2008
pete wrote:
The way I see it, as promised by the Constitution of the United States and I am sure by the Charter of the mentioned city, is that this is a democracy. So majority should rule, and if necessary this disagreement should be settled by plebicite.
If they don't want a Hindu temple, so what...there are many other areas in Summit county to locate.
Would you say the same thing if you replaced the words "black people" with "Hindu temple"?
idiots

Ravenna, OH

#17 Apr 21, 2008
DNB wrote:
Hinduism is the 4th largest religious group in the world. With 16% of the worlds' population practicing hinduism, it is ignorant to state that it is an "odd" religion. Non-judgment day is near!
Thanks, DNB. You are so right. Hinduism is also the oldest "living" religion. I dare say other religions borrowed some of their concepts from Hinduism and that told their people the religion was pagan. Hinduism has the concept of one God. It also has a Trinity. It also has saints and angels. Some scholars believe that Jesus' sermon on the mount is a compilation of Hindu and Jewish sayings. Hindus also have the most incredible respect for life - especially human life! The idiot bigots need to get their acts together. You want good neighbors? You want safe neighbors? You want the value of your neighborhood preserved? Well welcome the Hindus with open arms then. Help them move in!
Figures

Sunbury, OH

#18 Apr 21, 2008
From the comments noted in the article, I bet they wouldn't be complaining if there was a megachurch being built there.

True, as property owners, they do have the right to complain. But if they have been sleeping on their rights regarding other large, well-lit structures in the area, they'll have an uphill battle to fight.
Arnie Argenio

Cleveland, OH

#21 Apr 21, 2008
Amazing. In this country we have freedom of religion and civil liberties...but only if you follow "our" religion!?!?!

This is just plain bigotry.

Those residents should be ashamed of themselves.
Arnie Argenio

Cleveland, OH

#22 Apr 21, 2008
Betamax wrote:
I also don't see any bigotry in the residents desire to maintain their residential community. It is their community after all, and they should have the right to decide what they want there. As it is, the folks who opposed the temple, only opposed it in the proposed location, they offered another location, within the community, as an alternative.
Yeah, but I bet if a good ol' Amerikan Christian church wanted to build there...no problem!
Arnie Argenio

Cleveland, OH

#23 Apr 21, 2008
Claire wrote:
Please come to Akron. We would love to have an influx of wealthy educated families of worshippers in my community.
I would be honored to have a Hindu temple in my neighboorhood.

Not only wealthy, smart, and clean...but also peaceful, hardworking, and very devotional.

Seems like a win/win to me.
Arnie Argenio

Cleveland, OH

#24 Apr 21, 2008
Joe Below wrote:
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I would! Boot em back to Africa.
That's because you are an idiot.

Also, how about we send back whatever "mutt" nationality you belong to?

What if the Native Americans said the same thing about your white-trash family?
Jack

Cleveland, OH

#26 Apr 21, 2008
CC Baxter wrote:
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I thought your right as a property owner was to have a say in how you use your own property...not someone else's property.
If you mean "the right to comment on a development proposal", that is a right that extends to all people, whether they are property owners or not.
People in the suburbs are such bumpkins. Parking lot light glare? Give me a break.
This mentality is the reason that we will never end our dependence on oil, or build things in ways that make the least bit of sense. Back in ancient times (50 years ago) people used to live near churches, synagogues and (GOD FORBID) stores. This was so things would actually be convenient and one wouldn't have to drive five miles to buy a gallon of milk.
But now, in our paranoid modern era, we would rather hole up in our suburban bunkers and await the apocalypse. Which might just come in the form of a Hindu temple.
This area is zoned residential. Did you also miss that fact?
Thomas

Herndon, VA

#27 Apr 21, 2008
they should build this in the community that their members live in, not put it in one that doesn't want it. All it's going to do is spawn hate period.

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