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1/2/2010 5:42:00 PM
Letter: Being American means being accepting of others


All you hypocrites make me want to gag. You are quick to judge that which you fear. On the other hand you have others crying that their natural view is gone because of this SKINNY STATUE. What a joke I say. Here are my thoughts.

First off, I am neither for nor against the Mago Statue. However, I am 100 percent for the U.S. Constitution and those that have gave their lives to defend and uphold it. Sorry folks, but you cant pick and choose what others have the rights to express or not. Why is it that Americans have forgot what the responsibilities of being an American citizen are? And, that little thing called freedom of religion; I guess that means nothing to you.

I agree with those that are crying about being “robbed of the natural beauty and promoting a specific religious organization.”

So if we are going to complain about the statue, let’s not forget to get that huge eye sore of a Catholic Church out of there, too, because it sure has obstructed my views more than that skinny statue out there has.

PS for those who are wondering: I am a card-carrying Christian and a U.S. combat veteran

I made my sacrifices for all that live in the USA to promote whatever they want. Live free, speak free, practice their choice of religion free and show expression freely. That is what it means to be an American citizen.

Get it or get out.

Bo Molzan


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 4, 2010
Article comment by: Past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior

Reply to Tao Fellowship Member: you ask where I got "the facts" from? From official County and City records, from Dahn websites, and from an Ilchi Lee twitter posted at his official website. Regarding my comment that "everyone is treated the same", I'm not referring to bigotry or biases, which exist in this country as well as every other country on this earth. I'm referring to the importance that every enterprise or individual that has business before the government be treated the same -- no special favors, no special handling, and everyone follows the same set of rules. I was "born and raised Catholic", too. That doesn't mean I'm still one. If you are, I would like to hear an explanation of how it is possible to be both a Catholic and a member of the Tao Fellowship. Catholics worship the Creator, not the created (earth). You're correct in one sense, that the "Retreat is not the issue" here. The peace park statue is. But it's worth being well-informed of the enterprise's past, current and ongoing practices. Past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior. Just so you know, the Retreat has been ordered to appear in Prescott in February before a Hearing Officer regarding the use of its facilities in a manner not consistent with zoning or with its non-profit status.

Posted: Monday, January 4, 2010
Article comment by: A Tao Fellowship Member

TO Bo Molzan: Thank you for speaking your mind. As a member of the Tao Fellowship, a born and raised Catholic, and an American citizen, I am grateful for what you have done for our country, to fight for what you believe is right. To fight for my future. So now I am fighting for what I believe in, and fighting for the future of my fellow citizens. TO "They play the game well:" Where do you get your "facts" from? In America's reality, do you really think everyone is treated the same? Because that would be communist, which our country is clearly not. I think you are just angry at the Retreat for no apparent reason, because the Retreat isn't even the issue. Please get your facts straight, don't tell other people false facts based on your emotional opinions.

Posted: Sunday, January 3, 2010
Article comment by: Frank Henry

What can we do to become concern about the ugly death (oops health) bill congress is laying on us. The writer has a solid point of view. Our constitution has listed many of our rights. Many are generating a lot of concern about the new park next door to the new church. Lets hope, pray and act against the death bill congress is about to lay on us. Thanks and Good Luck Frank Henry Cottonwood, Arizona

Posted: Sunday, January 3, 2010
Article comment by: They play the game well

A reply to Mr. Molzan: "Being American" means, in one aspect, that everyone is treated the same. That's not the case with the Mago Retreat folks. For ten years they have repeatedly violated County and City codes, repeatedly claimed ignorance, and afterwards have repeatedly and incrementally gotten their way. It's a strategy that has worked for them. As far as freedom of religion goes, that's not the issue here. The Retreat is a polyglot of this-and-that, carefully chosen for marketing and money-making. It's no coincidence that their 50 centers in the US are each located near affluent communities. Want a local example of their marketing? Mr. Lee has personally stated that there is a "sacred well" on the site of the peace park. This will likely enhance the allure of their planned hotel and restaurant on that property. Oh, the "sacred well" is drilled and is currently providing water to the peace park visitors center for flushing toilets. "Sacred" well?

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