270 San Bruno Avenue W
Dear Pastor Daniel Krajicek,
I found it extremely disturbing to receive your thinly disguised bit of propaganda in the mail today.
Your red-baiting is far from appealing. Your attempt to make a new Buddhist Temple in the neighborhood appear disreputable, as though they are the new neighbors that nobody wants, seemed oddly familiarâ€”like racists who make comments like, â€œThere goes the neighborhood,â€ when people of color move in. I found it especially pathetic thatÂ your entire caseÂ rested on 3 assumptions: 1) thatÂ the BuddhistsÂ would create traffic issues, 2) that your church members would suffer for loss of parking space, and 3) that the Buddhist Temple would be open 24 hours a day for people who needed to come pray. As far as #1: Whenever a new business or church comes into the area, there’s always the possibility that there will be traffic issues. That hardly seems like a reason to discriminate against them, or to suggest, in your words, that “it is not in the best interest of our neighborhood.” Forgive me for not getting too overwrought aboutÂ #2, that you will have trouble finding parking space. And as forÂ #3:Â Good for the Buddhist Temple that theyâ€™ll be open to people in need 24 hours a day, something you apparently find appalling since you highlighted it in yellow. You evidently seem to think that spiritual need only occurs during the hours your church office happens to be open.
If I had ever had the slightest inclination to visit your church, I will certainly never consider it again.