Utah Valley Muslims to break ground for new mosque

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  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    June 26, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    For what it is worth, the most intolerant comments come from people in Virginia and California.

    I do have to say the comparisons to Saudi Arabia make no sense. A more reasonable comparison is to Turkey, where the LDS Church is legally allowed to proselytize.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    June 26, 2013 11:07 a.m.

    There are two LDS stakes in Indonesia. There is a temple in Nigeria which is a majority Muslim country, or at least heavily Muslim. The LDS Church has a chapel in Abuja which is largely run by Muslims. The Church also has a presence in Turkey and Malaysia, both Muslim countries in one way or another.

    We are a country that believes in freedom of religion. Saudi Arabia is not. To even suggest our actions should relate to theirs is stupid.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 25, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    newhall, CA

    "Religious freedom has nothing to do with islam."


    But this is America.
    And Religious Freedom has EVERYTHING to do with the U.S. Constitution.

    Please stop trampling it.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    June 25, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    Very sad to see this happen in Utah Valley as I am saddened whenever one is buit anywhere in the United States. Why we would welcome those who have murdered so many innocent people is beyond me.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 24, 2013 4:03 p.m.

    @ sg: Apparently, your beliefs are also incompatible with the Constituion.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    You do realize that more people have died this year in the US from toddlers with guns than from terrorist attacks, right?

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 24, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    "....Islam is nothing but a political system cloaked in religious robes. The whole purpose of its existence is world domination...."

    In Joseph Smith’s time, scurrilous things were said about the Latter-day Saint church which many Americans refused to see as a legitimate religion. For them, what was true about this unusual upstart sect mattered less than what they were often told by the uninformed.

    Among the tragedies of 911 was in some Americans seeing the boys of 911 as somehow representative of Muslims in general. The world’s entire 1.5 billion Muslim population hadn’t attacked us. It was 19 young men who were social misfits in their own countries.

    Image is often more defining than facts. Deeper understanding is something for which some have no patience or ambition.

  • sg newhall, CA
    June 24, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    Big mistake. Religious freedom has nothing to do with islam. Islam is nothing but a political system cloaked in religious robes. The whole purpose of its existence is world domination. These mosques are dens of deceit. I for one am NOT pleased with this event. Perhaps the day when all muslims decry the violence perpetuated by their extremist factions, then and then only should we consider allowing them to build. Otherwise, muslims to not have a place in America. Sharia Law is not compatible with The Constitution. We are fools to allow muslims to entrench themselves into the fabric of American society.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 24, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    Little known historical trivia. The LDS Church contributed money to help build a synagogue in Salt Lake City for a group of Jewish immigrants to Utah in Brigham Young's time. Also by approval from Brigham Young, the first Catholic Mass in Salt Lake City was celebrated in the original Mormon tabernacle before Catholics had their first church ready for use. Those are items Mormons can take pride in.

  • daveescaped HOUSTON, TX
    June 23, 2013 11:05 p.m.

    I have to laugh at the comments asking if a LDS chapel could be built in Saudi Arabia. Are those asking this question comparing the USA to Saudi Arabia? Do we hold ourselves to such a low standard of religous freedom?

    And FYI, other Muslim countries do allow LDS chapels to be built. I worship in one each week. But I would have to agree that the standrad of religous freedome is lower in the Middle East than in most of the rest of the world. But aren't we better than that.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Muslim where I live. The Utah Valley should be glad to have them as neighbors and soon as worshipers.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    June 23, 2013 10:54 a.m.

    "We are more open-minded here than most places in the country. "

    Would it be safe to say that you dont travel the country much?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 23, 2013 6:46 a.m.

    The United States is not Saudi Arabia, is it, folks? Maybe Utah is similar, but not the U. S.

  • Mrs TAP Bountiful, UT
    June 22, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    Utah would be a great place for a Muslim community. We are more open-minded here than most places in the country. The beliefs of Islam are, in many ways, very similar to those of the LDS faith, so it's easy to feel a kinship with our Muslim brothers. I hope a site will be posted where others may donate to the cause.

  • jparry Provo, UT
    June 22, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    This is wonderful new! I'm so happy for the Islamic community and for all of us. Everything Mormons are saying in their "I'm a Mormon" campaign can be said for Muslims. Mormons and Muslims can and should be great friends with many beliefs and values in common.

  • davisfillmore utah, UT
    June 22, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    All asking is Saudi Arabia will allow an LDS branch/temple.... The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not the mouth-piece for Islam, Allah is. No single nation can speak for all of Islam, just like no single country can speak for the LDS religion.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    June 22, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    I wonder if anyone in, say, Saudi Arabia would object if we built a Mormon Temple there? I certainly don't object to a Mosque here...but I wonder about folks being critical of opponents of this project when this is such a one-way street. Hopefully this will be an opportunity for folks with different world views and different religious beliefs to learn to live together in peace...both now, and in the long term.

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    June 22, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    Perhaps Saudi Arabia will reciprocate and let a Mormon chapel be built in that country.

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    June 22, 2013 11:07 a.m.

    Having heard what some of the opposition has had to say first hand I am glad they are breaking ground because the opposition has some fairly prominent names. They of course remain in the shadows afraid to announce themselves pubiically but moving ahead at this time is prudent and wise given the opposition. Much needed addition to the culture of faith in Utah County

  • ArgoFY Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 22, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    Multi-culturalism is important for communities. I hope they can raise the rest of the money! It's also good to hear that most of the community is supportive. I'm sure more people will get on board with it, once they realize how nice Muslim people are overall, and as long as they don't have "allahu akbar" shouted from the minaret as a wakeup call at 4:30 every morning (like what I experienced when I lived in the Middle East).

  • freedomfighter Provo, UT
    June 22, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    Yay! I will most definitely be visiting!

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    June 22, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    Cool! Best wishes to them.