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I don't know what's going on in the Virgin Is. but surely it isn't as this lady writes. We are Copts and are taught the total opposite of what this lady writes.Regarding proposed construction of St. Marks Coptic Church on Vessup Lane, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands:
My greatest joy in the day is listening to the neighborhood children squeal with laughter as they play from house to house on our quiet, peaceful dead-end street. Your priest and his massive, inappropriate construction project are working diligently to steal that from all of us.
Have you no regard for law, for families, for children and the elderly? You plan an incomprehensibly huge construction project in the middle of family homes. There will be no way for us to enter and leave our homes with the amount of building you intend. What happens in case of fire or medical need when our dead-end street is clogged with construction vehicles and then church visitors? To protect my family against your mean and inconsiderate actions I can only think to call to have every car that parks on our narrow road towed as soon as the owner walks away.
Your priest was shown highly appropriate settings by local realtors for the placement of your symbolism on this island, yet chose to invade a quiet family neighborhood, under false declarations of his intentions to build a rectory, then proceed to request zoning changes to fit his selfish and willful desires. This is a man of cloth? This is what your religion represents? Against all the stringent and vocal community protests, the Coptic Church, through your priest, presses on. To what end? To show that you have the money and influence to squash the people you come into contact with? How noble, how high-minded, how godly.
And, how ironic that your pope writes books titled, Calmness, then your priest invades a peaceful community and stirs up nothing but enmity by his self-interest. It appears that yours is a religion that preaches one thing and practices another.
I learned more about you on the internet and will use the internet to inform the unsuspecting public of your true and callous disregard for other humans if your representatives succeed in bending laws and perverting common decency in the hopes of your expansion. Your church will forever be a pariah, an out-of-place oddity, and never a living parish and part of our community because of the course of action your agents chose to pursue.
With all the negativity in the world, why bring more? You are agents of negativity right now, a belch of bad air over our islands. Is that really what you want?
I strongly urge your priest to reconsider the appropriate sites available for a church on this island. You appear to have the financial means to do whatever you please.
Mrs. M. Moloney