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San Diego County Official Tries To Block Bible Study

May 31, 2009

A San Diego County official violated the rights of a pastor and his wife, in attempting to block a private Bible study they hold in their home. This blatant violation of their rights is illegal and unconstitutional.

The county official referred to it as an “unofficial use” of land, due to 15 people attending the Bible study and demanded they get a permit, which will run them thousands of dollars to complete.

That reasoning makes no sense. So, if the couple were to invite 15 of their family members over for Thanksgiving dinner or have a small birthday party for a relative and invite more than15 individuals, they would need a permit? That’s insane.

If need be, the pastor and his wife should defend their rights in court, as this was a blatant attack on Christianity. Do not tolerate it, because if you give them an inch, they will take a mile.

Couple: County Trying To Stop Home Bible Studies

POSTED: 5:31 pm PDT May 25, 2009 UPDATED: 7:43 am PDT May 28, 2009 – SAN DIEGO — A local pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a San Diego County official, who then threatened them with escalating fines if they continued to hold bible studies in their home, 10News reported.

Attorney Dean Broyles of The Western Center For Law & Policy was shocked with what happened to the pastor and his wife. Broyles said, “The county asked, ‘Do you have a regular meeting in your home?’ She said, ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you say amen?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you pray?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you say praise the Lord?’ ‘Yes.’”

The county employee notified the couple that the small bible study, with an average of 15 people attending, was in violation of county regulations, according to Broyles.

Broyles said a few days later the couple received a written warning that listed “unlawful use of land” and told them to “stop religious assembly or apply for a major use permit” — a process that could cost tens of thousands of dollars…

News of the case has rapidly spread across Internet blogs and has spurred various reactions…

“If the county thinks they can shut down groups of 10 or 15 Christians meeting in a home, what about people who meet regularly at home for poker night? What about people who meet for Tupperware parties? What about people who are meeting to watch baseball games on a regular basis and support the Chargers?” said Broyles.


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