Uneasy Feelings Moving In
Muslim Sect's Proposal for Extensive Center Unsettles Small Frederick County Town
By Philip Rucker, The Washington Post Staff Writer
Walkersville is a town of corn farmers and high school football, where American flags hang over front porches guarded by scarecrows and dotted with pumpkins.
Nestled near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on the rural outskirts of Frederick, it has so many churches that some residents call it "God's Country," and many of them are praying that this hamlet of 5,500 will be able to stop a proposed development.
Some say they worry the Islamic visitors would be intolerant of the Christian faith that runs through the tree-lined streets of Walkersville.
"My problem is with the way they view the Christian faith," said David Stull, 50, a woodcutter and produce salesman who has lived in Walkersville since Lyndon Johnson was president. "They dislike Christians; they dislike our fundamental beliefs," he continued. "I do believe it's going to cause a big problem here because of their hatred toward our views." [Note: They practice a different religion and disagree with Mr. Stull...Without speaking to the Ahmadiyya community, how Stull knows that they 'hate' his views is a mystery. Someone should ask him what he thinks of Islam and if he knows the fundamental differences between what one can loosely term "Orthodox" Sunni Islam, which is admittedly overly general, and the Ahmadiyya sects of Pakistan...I'm guessing that he doesn't know.)
Intisar Abbasi, 60, who lives in Frederick and commutes to Silver Spring to worship at the Ahmadiyya mosque, said he hopes his fellow Muslims will become a part of Walkersville. "I love the community, and the people are wonderful," Abbasi said. "I'm not surprised there are people who are angry, but, you know, that's part of the process."
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