Palm Springs CA., area City Council votes against Jehovah's Witnesses. "What would Jesus do?"

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  • Balaamsass

    Council overturns zoning ruling for Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall on Indy's Northwestside


    The City-County Council on Monday night overturned a zoning decision that would have allowed construction of a Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall in a Northwestside neighborhood.

    In a rare move, council member Jose Evans, a Democrat who represents District 1, had called for a full hearing on a land rezoning case that the Metropolitan Development Commission previously approved. Those decisions usually are upheld by the council without discussion.

    But plans for construction of a 6,000-square-foot church building for three Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations at 8851 Colby Blvd. had attracted wide opposition from College Park neighbors. In five years, another building would have been built on the 5.8-acre site.

    The council overturned the decision 19-8. The motion needed an 18-vote supermajority to succeed.

    For about two hours in the packed chamber in the City-County Building, the council heard opponents’ appeals to overturn the decision based on concerns about traffic, pedestrian safety and the loss of green space.

    But many in the crowd were supportive of the church development, asking council members to uphold the decision.

    David Shelton, an attorney for the College Park Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, charged that in an earlier meeting, some neighborhood opponents expressed animus against the project based on religion.

    Council member Jeff Miller, a Republican, responded to appeals to protect the congregations’ religious rights by saying: “What would Jesus do? Jesus would not hire a lawyer to tell a neighborhood that they need a church there.”

    The vote crossed party lines, with all Republicans and six Democrats voting to overturn the zoning decision.

    Shelton said after the vote that a federal lawsuit would be the only way to challenge the council’s decision. The congregations still were considering their next step.

  • Christ Alone
    Christ Alone

    Palm Springs - 1

    Jehovah's theocratic organization - 0

  • tootired2care

    Wonderful news, perhaps other cities will be emboldend by this too.

  • Dagney

    The RBC and the WBTS at work to extract funds out of the sheeple for no good reason. Those halls are plenty nice and have been remodeled all along.

    POS religion.

  • wha happened?
    wha happened?

    yea, it's not like they have hyper growth out there

  • moshe

    College Park is the name of a subdivision on the northwest side of Indianapolis-

    I know, because I worked on the orginal KH one weekend back in the early 70s, that was sold to the state a few years ago to make way for a street round-about- the JWs have been sharing a KH and looking for new digs ever since. They had a smallish KH with 2 congs the last I recall.

  • moshe

    What KH wouldn't like that location?- with a view of the famous College Park Pyramids, just off of the I-465 beltway. I imagine the Pastor Russell is directing the JWs to push hard for that location so his spirit can again feel close to the pyramids he so loved.

  • besty

    re-read the subject line Moshe :-)

    I think locals woke up to the imbalance between what JW's add to a community with a multi-KH project and what they take away - goodbye peace and quiet on Sundays for a start....

  • Balaamsass


    I am getting this goggle result from a Scripps paper in the Indio/Palm springs area AND a scripts paper in the Indianapolis area. WOW does someone at Scripts not like ..... LOL!!!

  • Balaamsass

    Just googled the address in the article. Moshe you are right. It comes back as Section 8 apartments. Indianapolis not Indio or the Cochella Valley. ...So...does that mean the neighbors prefer the quiet of section 8 housing to a JW mega hall??????

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