"What's happening is people are coming to an area and using religion as a wedge issue, a mechanism to shoehorn themselves into a community," Mr. Berryman said. "But that doesn't mean there aren't some bigots or racists out in the fringe. In a large group, there always are."
Sept. 11 "was not that long ago, and we're near enough to Camp David and Fort Detrick that people are very security-minded," Mr. Berryman said. "But even if it were a bunch of Boy Scouts, we would have opposed that, too. We truly would have."