Home Bible Studies "Violate Land Use Laws."

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San Diego County is taking the unprecedented step in shutting down a Pastor’s Home Bible Study group or force them to apply for a ‘major use permit,’ potentially costing upwards of tens of thousands of dollars.

If they continue holding Home Bible Studies in their home, they face “escalating fines.”

The “unlawful use of land” charge stems from questions asked of the Pastor and his wife by county officials of, “Do you have a regular meeting in your home,” “Do you say amen,” “Do you pray,” and “Do you say praise the Lord?” All were answered “Yes.”

Gatherings of 10 to 15 people in a private home for non-religious groups appear untouched by county officials.

Story here.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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7 thoughts on “Home Bible Studies "Violate Land Use Laws."

  1. mini-abel, what part of Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances is unclear?

    Does a county now have the right to over rule the US Constitution?

    If so, can we apply it to all these Moveon.org home gatherings?

  2. abel,

    It is his home and his constitutional rights of free speech, freedom of religon and assembly.

    My advice to you is do what ever they tell you to do unless you want to be next!

  3. “If so, can we apply it to all these Moveon.org home gatherings?”

    Ha ha. Touche, Lewis.

    Ohhh noooo, not move on, they are only for good. Communist Moveon.org = good, Bible studies = bad.

    Blood thirsting communists don’t want to hear about anything religous. Getting close to a Bible will burn their skin. Didn’t you know that? 😉

  4. Well, witchy, I do notice they shirk away and hide their faces under a dark cape at sight of a crucifix.

    Do we need to stock up on oak stakes?

  5. Abel babbled,

    “Why doesn’t the “pastor” just apply for the permit?”

    Well, now let me see.

    The first amendment states that Congress may make “no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…”.

    And just incidently the Constitution and Bill of Rights is silent when it comes to validity of government “land use” powers other than to distinctly limit them, assuring protections against the right of “undue search and seizure”, protection against a person’s being “deprived of life libery or property” and prohibition against a public taking “without just compensation”.

    Given that San Diego land use laws violate the first, fourth and fifth amendments, perhaps San Diego should apply to the pastor for a permit!

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