Unwelcoming LDS signs

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That The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may legally treat its property as private and control access to it is not the issue ("Sign of the times: LDS Church makes plaza rules clear," Our View, Oct. 1). Its hostile tone and the exclusionary spirit are what offend me.

Many houses of worship offer shelter for the needy, acceptance of the outcast and even sanctuary for criminals. In communities worldwide, millions of religious structures never lock their doors -- a welcoming action extended to anyone, anytime. The LDS sign on the Main Street Plaza gives notice that not all are welcome, according to as-yet-undisclosed criteria. Since a same-sex kiss prompted the LDS Church to post the sign, apparently homosexuals are not welcome. Trial and error will reveal who else the Latter-day Saints deem undesirable.

With its new unwelcome sign, the LDS Church has acted less like the welcoming church it proclaims to be at www.mormon.org ("All Visitors are Welcome. Whether you are Mormon or not, The Church ... welcomes all to visit") and more like The Country Club of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The hypocrisy and arrogance are laughable and deplorable.

James R. Millner II

Richmond, Va.