Back in December I posted on how I thought people in the Dayton region don't get diversity, using Chicago as a counter-example.
This article in the Sunday Dayton Daily News (front page, but below the fold) is an example. And its interesting, too, how prejudice flys below radar in this area (this story would have never broke if it wasn't for the Methodist minister going public about it)
SUGARCREEK TWP., Greene County — — Several days before a hearing in which a zoning board denied a request to build a mosque here, a Bellbrook pastor and her husband received a phone call from a woman urging local residents to show up at the board meeting and oppose the mosque, the husband said.
The caller said the mosque should be blocked "because of what it says in the Quran, and these are bad people," said Brooks Heck, whose wife Terry is pastor of Bellbrook United Methodist Church. Brooks Heck is pastor of South Park United Methodist Church in Dayton.The caller identified herself as a member of First Baptist Church of Kettering, now located in Sugarcreek Twp....
The full story is a this link:
Pastor Recieved Call as part of alleged campaign against mosque
... and really should be read, especially for the role of Sugarcreek officialdom, first saying one thing, and then another.
And the ironic thing is that this is the South Park Methodist Church talking about the First Baptist Church of Kettering, which are both now in the Sugar Creek/Bellbrook area. Coming out of the place-based Catholic denominational subculture, I'm a bit amused by peripatetic Protestant congregations. One would expect the name to change along with the location.