Township is not as hoity-toity, but h...

Township is not as hoity-toity, but has more class than West Pi...

There are 35 comments on the The Morning Call story from Apr 26, 2009, titled Township is not as hoity-toity, but has more class than West Pi.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

The hilltop complex of three beige buildings is a feast for the eyes that is visible for miles.

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B Arthur

Schnecksville, PA

#2 Apr 26, 2009
my house is near the swami temple in north whitehall. ever since they evaded the area in 2003 we have had nothing but issues not with them directly but with friends and family who stopped visiting us because of the "terrorists on the hill". we know that they are not terrorists even though they wear turbans like the taliban. the value of our homes and our quality of life has definitely gone down but overall we are very pleased having such a beautiful mysterious building looming in the shadows. every town in the usa should have a swami temple.
k- kid

Allentown, PA

#3 Apr 26, 2009
good people, my best friend go to the temple, all i can say very good people, very big on family needs, usa family should be the same, family values
Mr K

Lehighton, PA

#6 Apr 26, 2009
Hey Think About It: Please try to grasp this. They are NOT Muslims! Their religion and views are not even close to Islam. They do not particularly like Muslims. Think about 9/11 all you want but remember that these people have no connection to it whatsoever, not even remotely. Use your head!
Keep on trying

Slatington, PA

#7 Apr 26, 2009
Paul Carpenter should have done a story on how the two religions differ. He also should have done a story on how and where they get their funds to built elaborate temples. Who the heck in LV area gives a flying leap about the hoity toity Weat Pi-. Was there a a story before the temple was built in North Whitehall twsp? USA was built on freedoms, religion. This is still the best Country there is. We have to keep it that way by stopping terriorists and murders, no matter what religion, color, sex, age or sect they are....tighter immigration laws and background checks on all who have entered this country since Vietnam. Citizens don't realize the terriorists have been slowly infiltrating this country for years. Meathodically having sleeper cell terriorists, just waiting for the right moment to give their misguided life for a so called Allah. You can see how gullible people are, just remember the Jim Jones sect in Guiana. Imagine if Jim Jones would have planted each person in that cult in a different location, in USA and asked them to paitiently wait to give their life in a suicide event, in what ever cause he chose!
Developer

Salfordville, PA

#8 Apr 26, 2009
Hindus are peaceful. There are no radical Hindus who are hell bent on detroying the infidel. You would have benefited from the type of article that you say Mr. Carpenter should have written.
Keep on trying wrote:
Paul Carpenter should have done a story on how the two religions differ. He also should have done a story on how and where they get their funds to built elaborate temples. Who the heck in LV area gives a flying leap about the hoity toity Weat Pi-. Was there a a story before the temple was built in North Whitehall twsp? USA was built on freedoms, religion. This is still the best Country there is. We have to keep it that way by stopping terriorists and murders, no matter what religion, color, sex, age or sect they are....tighter immigration laws and background checks on all who have entered this country since Vietnam. Citizens don't realize the terriorists have been slowly infiltrating this country for years. Meathodically having sleeper cell terriorists, just waiting for the right moment to give their misguided life for a so called Allah. You can see how gullible people are, just remember the Jim Jones sect in Guiana. Imagine if Jim Jones would have planted each person in that cult in a different location, in USA and asked them to paitiently wait to give their life in a suicide event, in what ever cause he chose!
Racist and Bigot Alert

Upper Black Eddy, PA

#9 Apr 26, 2009
Calling all racists, bigots, and those intolerant of freedom of religion.
Yes, the US Constitution protects your absolute right to be ignorant.
Post here, now! Show your true colors.

The Hindu Temple is one beautiful complex, and has the most incredible view of the Lehigh Valley.

Thanks Paul. Now that you've brought it to the attention of these ignoramuses I'm sure it will invite harassment to these devout and quiet people at their place of worship. Good job.:sarcasm:

But I guess your not having to think ahead before you write your own column is also protected by the Constitution.
Dave

Bethlehem, PA

#11 Apr 26, 2009
Keep on trying wrote:
Paul Carpenter should have done a story on how the two religions differ. He also should have done a story on how and where they get their funds to built elaborate temples. Who the heck in LV area gives a flying leap about the hoity toity Weat Pi-. Was there a a story before the temple was built in North Whitehall twsp? USA was built on freedoms, religion. This is still the best Country there is. We have to keep it that way by stopping terriorists and murders, no matter what religion, color, sex, age or sect they are....tighter immigration laws and background checks on all who have entered this country since Vietnam. Citizens don't realize the terriorists have been slowly infiltrating this country for years. Meathodically having sleeper cell terriorists, just waiting for the right moment to give their misguided life for a so called Allah. You can see how gullible people are, just remember the Jim Jones sect in Guiana. Imagine if Jim Jones would have planted each person in that cult in a different location, in USA and asked them to paitiently wait to give their life in a suicide event, in what ever cause he chose!
Probably the same place place Catholics and every other Religion gets their money to put up their ugly buildings. Moron.
smart Mom

Slatington, PA

#12 Apr 26, 2009
Dave wrote:
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Probably the same place place Catholics and every other Religion gets their money to put up their ugly buildings. Moron.
Dave, I guess you are an expert. I don't see any other religions building the extravagant buildings, putting grandious looks and money into their buildings. I find people like you who can't respond to a post without making a nasty comment personally, usually have nothing else to offer, intelligently. My post requests for Paul Carpenter to provide more information. You provide a word (MORON)
joe poli

AOL

#13 Apr 26, 2009
Paul, stop pretending you care. I don't! Ask them how many Christian churches the allow to be built in India? The Christians there are an oppressed minority.

Either way, even thought they are bigots they have the right to build a temple in technicolor so long as it fits within the guidelines set up by the township. I'll just wait for the lawsuit.
Suburban Resident

Bethlehem, PA

#14 Apr 26, 2009
They just haven't learned how to or are opposed to greasing the palms of elected officials.
A-town Lady

Bethlehem, PA

#15 Apr 26, 2009
So sad that people still cannot recognize the beauty in other cultures and religions.
You are an idiot

Gettysburg, PA

#16 Apr 26, 2009
B Arthur wrote:
we know that they are not terrorists even though they wear turbans like the taliban.
Men in lots and lots of cultures/religions wear turbans, and by the way, the 9-11 terrorists weren't wearing turbans. They were wearing Levi's jeans. It sounds to me like these "swamis" are too good for your neighborhood. They should "evade" and go someplace where the people are not idiots.
secretary

Stroudsburg, PA

#17 Apr 26, 2009
Can you imagine saying shree swamin"ARAYAN???" every time to answer the phone.

Since: Jan 09

Bethlehem, PA

#18 Apr 26, 2009
Wow! West Pikeland better soon put their tail between their legs and start backtracking or they will end up losing a huge religious discrimination lawsuit. In essence, the best reason they can come up with to keep them out is simply because they don't want them.
I can already hear the lawyers licking their chops over this one.
joe poli

AOL

#19 Apr 26, 2009
Before we go overboard on the belief that "Hindus are not terrorists". I do remember suicide bombers approaching Hindu leaders and then settinng off explosives. Isn't that the way Indira Ghandi died?

I often wonder why white people like Paul Carpenter feel its necessary to give other white people lectures on multiculturalism. Here I was this morning relaxing with my Hindu girlfriend humming the Reg Veda when I was drawn to Paul Carpenter's use of the word "Bubba" to describe mythical non entities that he heels are opposed to the temple.

Paul, maybe the facility is too large for the area. There could be other reassons the Township is opposing the temple. Not everything has its roots in racism, as you white Liberals always contend.

Paul, I concede that the Hindus are a quiet and productive ethnic group in America; however, aside from that fact we know little about them. They go out of their way to keep their children from other ethnic groups, rarely socialize with their neighbors and make sure through arranged marriages that their children never marry non Hindus.

Would I rather have peaceful Hindus in my neighborhood rather than drugged up idiiots? Of course, but let's face it, communication is a two way street and in order to be understood by other cultures communication has two exist in both directions.
Mr K

Lehighton, PA

#20 Apr 26, 2009
I have never heard so much nonsense over someone's wanting to put up a place of worship. What is the big deal? Terrorism? What nonsense! Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were good ole boys who were Christian (McVeigh was Irish Catholic) and they conspired to kill all those people in the Oklahoma City bombing. The Reverend Jim Jones was a Christian and he talked some 700 people into committing suicide over their faith. What does religion have to do with it? I cannot see any valid reason to prevent people from building a place of worship. They have the same right as we all do, a right protected under the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution.
Apu Nahasapeemapetil on

Trenton, NJ

#21 Apr 26, 2009
Mr K wrote:
Hey Think About It: Please try to grasp this. They are NOT Muslims! Their religion and views are not even close to Islam. They do not particularly like Muslims. Think about 9/11 all you want but remember that these people have no connection to it whatsoever, not even remotely. Use your head!
Hindus or Muslims, it does not matter! Terrorists are terrorists, not matter what they call themselves. Stop hiding behind the facts and reality. They will not change and welcoming terrorists into a peace-loving community is WRONG!

This is exactly why I don't do business with certain gas stations in NJ. If I see a terrorist coming towards me to fill my tank I quickly pull away giving him a scornful look of hate and disgust.
Black Hole Resident

Palmerton, PA

#22 Apr 26, 2009
I think the W. Pikeland Supervisors are thinking too much like politicians and acting foolish with other people's money. The federal RLUIPA provides some guarantees to religious land uses against this type of senseless discrimination. The Hindu Temple would be a very positive, compatible land use. Shame on them. For once, I agree with Carpenter, what do you know?
Riley Martin

AOL

#23 Apr 26, 2009
The Muslim religion is also a peaceful one, but there are some sects of the religion that is violent and hates America. Just as there are Christian sects that are violent and hate, maybe not america, but everything in it.
So don't classify ALL Muslims as violent, suicide bombing nuts.
open arms

Stroudsburg, PA

#24 Apr 26, 2009
Mr K wrote:
I have never heard so much nonsense over someone's wanting to put up a place of worship. What is the big deal? Terrorism? What nonsense! Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were good ole boys who were Christian (McVeigh was Irish Catholic) and they conspired to kill all those people in the Oklahoma City bombing. The Reverend Jim Jones was a Christian and he talked some 700 people into committing suicide over their faith. What does religion have to do with it? I cannot see any valid reason to prevent people from building a place of worship. They have the same right as we all do, a right protected under the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution.
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