Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Home Bible Study Fined By City For Meeting In California

If you don't think religious freedom is in serious danger in this country, then you need to read this story, which is just frightening.
A Southern California city is demanding that a small home Bible study group stop meeting unless they obtain a cost-prohibitive permit. 
Homeowners Chuck and Stephanie Fromm were fined $300 for holding the Bible study. The Fromms appealed the ruling to the city of San Juan Capistrano, which was ironically founded as a mission in the late 1700s. In fact, San Juan Capistrano is home to California’s oldest building still in use, a chapel where Father Junipero Serra celebrated mass. 
“Imposing a heavy-handed permit requirement on a home Bible study is outrageous,” says Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute. “In a city so rich with religious history and tradition, this is particularly egregious.” 
A hearing office told Fromm that regular gatherings of more than three people require a conditional use permit. Officials also stated that further religious gatherings in the home would be subject to a $500 fine per meeting. Fromm appealed. The city rejected the appeal. Now, the Pacific Justice Institute is taking the next step by appealing to the California Superior Court in Orange County. 
Fromm says there was no noise beyond normal conversation and quiet music on the home stereo system. The Christians met inside the Fromm’s family room and patio area. Many neighbors have written letters of support, denying they were disturbed by the presence of the Bible study. Continue Reading.
We need to fight this. Please make this story known and if you live in California, I ask that you contact your representatives.

1 comment:

Justin Michael Schwartzbeck said...

More than freedom of religion is under attack here, also freedom of assembly. And the funny thing is it's not even in a public place, it's in someone's home. I can hardly believe what I am reading.