The Battle is On- Pastor O'neal Dozier's Fight
Pastor O'neal Dozier is making a stand in Pompano Beach . FL. His stand has put him on the other side of his friend Gov. Jeb Bush and has forced him to resign from the Broward County Judicial Nominating committee. So what has caused the split and the resignation? Dozier's open stand against a mosque's being built in his neighborhood and related statements. Dozier has openly called Islam a "Cult" and has stated that the mosque poses a terror threat, in that it may be used as a recruiting and training facility for Muslim extremists targeting young and poor black men. Finally, a man of God willing to take a public stand and pay the price. Who is with him? http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/15009592.htm
While I agree with pastor Dozier in principle the matter is not as cut and dry as it appears. This is afterall America, and the right of freedom of religion and expression are sacred to us, or have been. By itself I have no problem with anyone building a mosque, synagogue or church anywhere. What the news does not properly convey, however, is that one main reason Pastor Dozier and others in this community are opposed to the building of a mosque in this neighborhood is that there are no Muslims whatsoever living there. There appears to be no regard for community consideration. Imagine if the mosque were to have been proposed in an all white suburban community? Do you think the permission would be given? I do not think so. In fact, recently Christian churches are finding it difficult to get permits in many suburban areas. So, this is a dilema, and one that bears watching. But I applaud pastor Dozier for bering willing to take a stand in a battle that is sure to be a difficult one to win unless he gets full communiy support.