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San Diego Attempting To Require Permit For Home Bible Studies!

Posted by Job on May 26, 2009

Couple: County Trying To Stop Home Bible Studies

A local pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a San Diego County official, who then threatened them with escalating fines 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.
“For churches and religious assemblies there’s big parking concerns, there’s environmental impact concerns when you have hundreds or thousands of people gathering. But this is a different situation, and we believe that the application of the religious assembly principles to this bible study is certainly misplaced,” said Broyles.
News of the case has rapidly spread across Internet blogs and has spurred various reactions.
Broyles said his clients have asked to stay anonymous until they give the county a demand letter that states by enforcing this regulation the county is violating their First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion.
Broyles also said this case has broader implications.
“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.
Broyles and his clients plant to give the county their demand letter this week.
If the county refuses to release the pastor and his wife from obtaining the permit, they will consider a lawsuit in federal court.


4 Responses to “San Diego Attempting To Require Permit For Home Bible Studies!”

  1. Remnant said

    San Diego eh? You sure the ACLU wasnt behind this? Or maybe the Church of Satan? Or perhaps some homosexuals group? Awful suspicious to me, since it is from that part of the country and all. As any intelligent person knows, California is the Land of Psychos (Los Angeles being not only the home of the Church of Satan but also the serial killer capital of the entire WORLD). Seems like every sick thing that starts has it’s roots in California and then spreads out from there (no offense to the handful of good and decent people who manage to survive there). I’m sure it wont be long til this sort of thing moves eastward and northward, just like everything else that starts there…it’s a coming! The good news: you can still get 3 square meals a day behind bars, so cheer up.

  2. My Lord and My God! IT IS HERE PEOPLE! I agree with Remnant. Sounds like a group pushing the issue.

  3. nan said

    We knew it was coming and now it’s here. Lord have mercy!!!!!!!!! The devil is a lie!!!!!!!!

  4. David L. Williams said

    I got an email today reporting that some good lawyers have joined and are challenging San Diego County on this. They claim the First Amendment guarantees the right to gather. Their claim also demands the County reply within 5 days so this cannot be dragged out, as gov’t officials are wont to do. Job, if you want a copy of the email, email me and I’ll fwd it to you.

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