View Full Version : California City Fines Couple for Holding Bible Study in Their Home (San Juan Capistra
09-19-2011, 12:06 PM
A southern California couple has been fined $300 dollars for holding Christian Bible study sessions in their home, and could face another $500 for each additional gathering. City officials in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. say Chuck and Stephanie Fromm are in violation of municipal code 9-3.301, which prohibits “religious, fraternal or non-profit” organizations in residential neighborhoods without a permit. Stephanie hosts a Wednesday Bible study that draws about 20 attendees, and Chuck holds a Sunday service that gets about 50
09-19-2011, 12:28 PM
50 people? They gather 50 people in a residential area? That would draw a complaint almost anywhere; I wouldn't care why they are gathering, I just wouldn't want that many cars on my street every week.
It's inappropriate. The fact that it is Christian has nothing to do with the central issue.
09-19-2011, 12:45 PM
50 people is a big group. They should be meeting either at the church or at a local establishment that can handle the traffic-libraries, community centers, restaurants with banquet rooms, and so on.
Small groups, like a lot of big churches use (both that I attend have small groups), are usually 15 people or less. They wouldn't be facing fines for having a small group in their home.
09-20-2011, 10:02 AM
I wish I hadn't seen so much of this in California. The same thing happened to people who lived down the street from me. Even though the attendees parked away from the house where the Bible study was. It was ONE self-described atheist that made endless complaints until the City stepped on for violating this same kind of ordinance.
People still came, in disguise. Bibles were wrapped as birthday presents, or carried in other boxes. One man carried his Bible in a cake box.
This is part of getting Christianity out of the public realm.
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