To: Jonathan D. Sweet, Grayson County Administrator

Grayson County: Permit the Peace Pentagon!

To the Supervisors of Grayson County: Freedom of religion is the cornerstone of our nation, and interfaith unity is the proper goal of all who profess to love God. On this solemn date – the 10th anniversary of 9/11 – help lessen the spiritual polarization in our world by approving the permit for The Oracle Institute’s interfaith and social justice center – the Peace Pentagon.

Why is this important?

The Peace Pentagon is a proposed interfaith and social justice center to be built by The Oracle Institute (a 501(c)(3) educational charity) in Independence, Virginia. The Grayson County Board of Supervisors denied Oracle’s permit due to intense opposition from local Evangelical churches. If built, the Peace Pentagon will be first and only interfaith center in this rural Appalachian community, which currently supports only Christian churches. Oracle filed a First Amendment lawsuit against Grayson County with the aid of The Rutherford Institute in Charlottesville (trial is set for November 16, 2011).

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Reasons for signing

  • Freedom for all religions! Let us all come together in the spirit of brotherhood and peace.
  • My son is serving this country and fighting for the freedom of religion you feel you have the right to deny!
  • I understand this center will allow people of all faiths to enter without having to confess to any particular believe. I hope to be able to visit there on one of my trips to my family's home in Virginia.