Mosque protests reach new level of surreal
A Christian church in Phoenix has had to make a presidential-type denial: It is not Muslim.
The building under construction will feature a domed ceiling, and protesters have taken that as a sign the church is not what it says it is. The leaders have hung up a sign saying, "We are building a Christian house of worship," the Atlantic reports. The front of the building also says Luz Del Mundo Iglesia, which is Spanish for Light of the World Church.
"I have nothing against Islamic people," Carlos Montemayor, the pastor of the church, said in a phone interview. But local commentary had been growing, saying that the building was a mosque and an investigation should be launched into the church. He put the sign up to stop the comments. "They should be happy that we are putting something beautiful by the freeway, but they're not," he said.
| November 16, 2010; 12:53 PM ET
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