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West Jordan man brings New York City debate to Utah

West Jordan man brings New York City debate to Utah

By Nkoyo Iyamba | Posted - Aug. 31, 2010 at 6:48 p.m.



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WEST JORDAN -- A West Jordan company is behind a "Remember 9/11" billboard. The sign is on the west side of Interstate 15 near 10600 South.

Owner Ralph Dlugas says it's his way of protesting the planned Islamic Center and mosque which would be built near Ground Zero in New York City.

"I get tears just thinking about it," says Dlugas. "It's not just New Yorkers that died that day."

Dlugas believes the people behind the planned mosque have ulterior motives. "For them to build it there is rubbing salt in all of our wounds," he said.

In fact, Dlugas says he's been watching radio and TV talk shows and is skeptical the center is supposed to promote peace.

"I've looked a little bit into the people that are building it," he said. "And they're not peace-loving, want-to-bring-us-all-together type of people. I don't believe that's their motive."

Dlugas says he paid $10,000 for the billboard and hopes Utahns will join in the protest of the planned New York City mosque community center.

E-mail: niyamba@ksl.com

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