I am calling in support of the Church of Latter-Day Saints steeple
temple. I am in support of it either at the compromised height of 99
feet or at the new compromised offer of 90 feet high.
It is very puzzling to me why a house of worship steeple has been
so controversial. We traveled in New England last summer. We visited
cities and towns with numerous churches and other houses of worship.
The residents would often point out to us with great pride the
tallest steeple in their town.
What a shame it would be if the City Council decided to level the
religious skyline. In our society today we grant great lip-service to
freedom of religious and cultural diversity, yet when a religious
group wishes to express its religious tradition in the construction
of a house of worship, suddenly our visual tolerance level for
diversity begins to decline.
I recognize that our City Council members honestly desire to serve
in wisdom and fairness all citizens of our community. Since the
environmental report did not show any negative factors in the
building or landscape design, and that was with the original 124-foot
steeple, we believe that our City Council's decision focus should be
on upholding the principle of religious freedom. My understanding of
this principle is that our government will not establish a state
religion or limit freedom of worship. I believe that all residents of
Newport Beach would be best served by our City Council's declining
either to limit or to define the design of a house of worship,
whether this is an LDS temple, a nondenominational Christian church
or even a building that would be the society of the agnostics or
I feel that the construction of a house of worship is very
integral to a faith community expressing their religious belief and
their religious tradition, and we should be very, very careful when
our government sets out to design or to limit the design of a house
DIXIE DARYL CLARK
Corona del Mar