Though LGBT lobbyists complained about traffic concerns, the San Diego City Council approved evangelist Morris Cerullo’s religious retreat.
“We are excited and thrilled that the San Diego City Council has approved the Legacy project to move forward. We are also humbled by the incredible outpouring of support that we have received from the Local San Diego faith community, and from national and international faith leaders the past few weeks! Thank you hardly seems adequate, so we pray that our gracious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will bless you for your faithful prayers, calls, and letters of support on behalf of the Legacy Center,” Cerullo and his wife say.
Last month, the City Council resoundingly rejected the $160 million Legacy Center, with five Democrats bending their ears to complaints of a spokeswoman for the San Diego LGBT Community Center in Hillcrest and other critics.
However, the anti-religious sentiment backfired and pushed Council members to approve the plan this week.
“We can’t take into consideration a lot of this ancillary discussion about religion and values. We should not be using that as a benchmark for whether it’s allowed. What’s important is whether it meets guidelines set forth by the city, and I believe it does,” Councilman Scott Sherman told the San Diego Union Tribune. “We have property rights and it’s very important we don’t abridge those property rights, especially when it comes to matters of religious organizations.”
As Charisma News previously reported, Cerullo’s $160 million retreat was slated to open in 2019. According to a statement, the project was designed by the noted San Diego architectural firm of Carrier Johnson Plus Culture in conjunction with Dr. Morris Cerullo, the center’s patron. The 18-acre hotel complex will offer spa services and luxury accommodations to the public. Its event center, fully-equipped with a lecture and performing arts hall, a 500-seat theater and a restaurant with catering services, will allow visiting groups and the local community to hold receptions and special events.
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SOURCE: Charisma News – Jessilyn Justice