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.
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.
@sgnewhall, CA"Religious freedom has nothing to do with
islam."========Perhaps, But this is
America.And Religious Freedom has EVERYTHING to do with the U.S.
Constitution.Please stop trampling it.
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.
@ sg: Apparently, your beliefs are also incompatible with the Constituion.
@sgYou do realize that more people have died this year in the US from
toddlers with guns than from terrorist attacks, right?
"....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.
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.
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
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
"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?
The United States is not Saudi Arabia, is it, folks? Maybe Utah is similar, but
not the U. S.
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
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.
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
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.
Perhaps Saudi Arabia will reciprocate and let a Mormon chapel be built in that
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
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).
Yay! I will most definitely be visiting!
Cool! Best wishes to them.