The Mount Calvary Christian Center released a press release announcing the filing of a lawsuit against Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, the city of Seattle, and the Washington State Liquor Control Board. In the press release, the Rev. Reggie Witherspoon of Mt. Calvary is quoted saying, “I’m worried that a ‘Little Amsterdam’ is being created, and we won’t stand for it.”
‘Little Amsterdam.’ This must be in reference to the Dutch city Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, correct? I mean, what else would you be referring to?
So–do you mean the Amsterdam where 177 nationalities coexist with each other, more than any other place in the world? Do you mean the Amsterdam where all of these nationalities and church’s of all denominations, coexist with legal prostitution and a tolerated recreational marijuana industry? Do you mean the Amsterdam where a statue in honor of the Red Light District’s sex workers, stands right in front of the famous 800 year old Oude Kerk church, with hardly any opposition?
Is this really what you are worried about? Worried about a community made up of multiple nationalities, coexisting with each other despite differences, withholding judgement, and living their own lives?
If so, by all means proceed with the lawsuit. But if not, you might want to have a second thought. Just a thought.