Roman Catholic hermit monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel want to build a 144,000-square-foot French Gothic-style monastery featuring a church that seats 150, with one spire rising 150 feet, and coffee roasting barn near Meeteetse, Wyoming, a town with a population of about 350. Some ranchers are objecting to the monastery. Keep in mind these are hermit monks, they do not interact with the public.
According to the AP report, Dave Grabbert, owner of the 2,500 acre ranch the monks want to build on, said "What's puzzling to me is if people complain about these guys as neighbors, what kind of neighbors would they want." Apparently it's not the fact that they are monks people are concerned about. The article mentions traffic, wildlife, water — and questioning whether the massive stone structure fits with the rural landscape ... and the religious order wouldn't be paying property taxes.
think this story is very interesting when compared with the situation
in New York City and the Ground Zero mosque, don't you? Is Barack Obama
and all the other dhimmis standing up and saying the monks have the
right to build their monastery on this site? Where's the media, where's
the demonstrators, where are the cries of racism at those who are against the monastery? Why isn't New York City complaining that they will be deprived of taxes from the Cordoba House? The questions could go on and on.
They belong to an order rooted in the 16th century that requires they sustain themselves through mostly manual labor. They dress in handmade full length robes, sleep in small individual housing units called hermitages with no radio, no TV, no Internet. They raise and grow most of their own food, funding their operation by making and producing their own brand of coffee called Mystic Monk. They market mugs, bag clips, T-shirts, travel mugs and a CD of their Gregorian chants over the Internet and with mail-order catalogs. [In this Aug. 26, 2010 photo, rancher Dave Grabbert stands on the 2,500-acre ranch in... (AP Photo/Bob Moen)] [snip]
... The area has few roads, a few widely dispersed ranch homes, a few scattered oil and gas wells. The ranch is about 14 miles from the nearest public road, and the nearest town, 20 miles away, is Meeteetse, population about 350, that is most famous for the arrest of outlaw Butch Cassidy in 1894. (AP, hat tip R.J. Godlewski)
I have no opinion of whether this monastery should or should not be built on this spot, that's up to the people in the area. This situation is nothing like the situation with the Ground Zero mosque because the monks have no desire to proselytize, no desire to bring harm to people, no desire to force some other form of government or religion on their neighbors or citizens of this country. Hermit monks did not attack the United States, they did not kill innocent Americans, and they have no questionable intentions. All unlike the Imam Rauf and those connected to Ground Zero mosque.