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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Juan Capistrano, CA Demands Christians Get Permit For Home Bible Study

Wonder if Juan Capistrano would require a permit to hold an Obama fund raising meeting in a home. What about a meeting studying the U.S. Constitution. The following story evidences the decline in even local government violating private property rights as well as freedom or religion in one's own home.

City Demands Christians Get Permit For Bible Study
Already fined $300, facing potential penalty of $500 per meeting
By Bob Unruh, World net Daily: Chuck and Stephanie Fromm already have been fined $300 for holding for their friends at their home, and they face the potential for additional fines of $500 for each study held, according to a legal team taking their case to court.

The newest conflict over Bible studies in homes in America arose in Juan Capistrano, Calif., where city officials say city code section 9-3.301 prohibits religious organizations in residential neighborhoods without a conditional-use permit, a sometimes very expensive procedure.

The code cites "churches, temples, synagogues, monasteries, religious retreats, and other places of religious worship and other fraternal and organizations."

But a Bible study in a home? "Imposing a heavy-handed permit requirement on a home Bible study is outrageous," said Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, which is working on the case on behalf of the Fromms.

"In a city so rich with religious history and tradition, this is particularly egregious. An informal gathering in a home cannot be treated with suspicion by the government, or worse than any other gathering of friends, just because it is religious. We cannot allow this to happen in America, and we will fight as long and as hard as it takes to restore this group's religious freedom."

WND has reported on similar issues in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and in Gilbert, AZ.

In this case, the city is demanding that the home Bible study is banned because it is a "church," unless it purchases a 'Conditional Use Permit" from the city.

Pacific Justice said it has represented larger churches that have been required to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of the permit process on such items as engineering and traffic studies, architectural designs. The process includes public hearings and ultimately can result in a rejection by the city.
Pacific Justice says the Fromms already have been fined $300, and an appeal to the city was denied.

The organization points out that the city was founded as a Christian mission in the 1700s and is home to California's oldest building still in use, a chapel where Father Junipero Serra celebrated mass.

Pacific Justice said it is appealing the city's demands to California Superior Court in Orange County.

A message WND left with the city did not produce a return call. A report from the city's Dispatch newspaper said that Fromm, publisher of Leader Magazine, wanted to hold Bible studies on Wednesdays that drew some 20 people, while similar studies on Sundays attracted up to 50 to their acreage that includes their home, a corral, a barn, a pool and a huge yard.

The newspaper said city records showed someone complained, however, and a code enforcement officer first gave them a verbal warning and then issued citations in May and June.
"We don't like lawsuits, but we have to stand up for what's right. It's not just a personal issue," Stephanie Fromm told the newspaper. "Can you imagine anybody in any neighborhood, that one person can call and make it a living hell for someone else? That's wrong … and it's just sad."

A trial is scheduled for Oct. 7. The case is similar to a previous dispute in San Diego County. There, officials apologized after a code-enforcement officer tried to shut down a Bible study.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Byron Lee Gann said...

I am in my home with friends but I am not allowed to talk about Religion without paying the City for the right? I posted a Section of the California Constitution and such a law DOES violate the provisions of that Constitution. This is all... about money and CONTROL. Socialist, Marxist, and Communist want to control everything, besides the Church is often the center of a rebellion because the Government does not control the happenings in there. This is step one, next Churches will be banned from the public eye because they will have to look like the houses in the Subdivision.

9/18/2011  
Blogger Bill Smith said...

Like your comment -- Do not like the oppression that you under!

9/18/2011  
Anonymous Larry Harty said...

IN THE NAME OF OBAMAS GOD ALLAH

9/18/2011  

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