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Friday, January 27, 2006

Small Oklahoma Church Faces Seizure to build Home Depot

Centennial Baptist Church in Sand Springs, Oklahoma is facing powerful forces moving to seize their property under the new eminent domain laws. The city of Sand Springs is implementing their "Vision 2025" project, which includes replacing the church with commercial real estate, anchored by a Home Depot.

"The Lord didn't send me here to build a mini-mall," noted Roosevelt "Rosey" Gildon, pastor of Centennial Baptist Church. "We started looking to see if we could move. I just don't think we can afford it. It's too expensive. And if we can't move, and they take our building, what happens to the church? If we leave, who is going to minister to the black community in Sand Springs?"

EMINENT DOMANIA! - Government targets small black church - Oklahoma city wants to make room for tax-generating shopping area

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