I'm guessing that the Sheboygan County Town of Wilson doesn't have a Diversity Council or a
Tourism and Visitors Bureau--otherwise every member of those bodies probably would have quit after last night's Town Board meeting. The Board voted on special use permits for a proposed mosque in a former health food store--and unfortunately, things got ugly (with TV cameras and radio microphones there to capture it).
The board itself did a great job--approving the permits, as there was nothing in the zoning laws prohibiting such a use for the building--but some of the residents used the opportunity to set back religious relations in the area about 200 years.
I'm not sure which was scarier, Alastair Matthews asking the Board to "Uphold the 'one true religion' (I'm guessing Christianity) and deny the mosque request"--or Mark Brill trying to argue that Islam isn't a Constitutionally protected religion because "There isn't a Muslim in this room that can argue that they 'gather peacefully'".
Can everyone see now why the framers of the Constitution made it so clear that there is to be a seperation of church and state in this country? Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...is there anything ambiguous about that, Alastair Matthews? Did James Monroe or John Adams say anything about the "one true religion?" in that passage? I couldn't find it anywhere else in the Constitution either, sorry.
Or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; that means the teaching of whatever the religion believes there, Mark Brill. Perhaps Mr. Brill would like to attend a few prayer sessions at the mosque to gain a greater understanding of the beliefs held by the vast majority of American Muslims?
I'm guessing that Mr's Matthews and Brill would rather "peacefully" beat everyone over the head with their Bibles.