Authorities Forbid Bible Study

Authorities Forbid Bible Study : Stop The ACLU — This has been reported on all over on blogs, but I wanted to make a quick note about it. 

When I first heard it I figured it must be some type of urban legend.  Apparently not.

Pastor David Jones and his wife Mary have been told that they cannot invite friends to their San Diego, Calif. home for a Bible study — unless they are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to San Diego County.

“On Good Friday we had an employee from San Diego County come to our house, and inform us that the Bible study that we were having was a religious assembly, and in violation of the code in the county.” David Jones told FOX News.

“We told them this is not really a religious assembly — this is just a Bible study with friends. We have a meal, we pray, that was all,” Jones said.

A few days later, the couple received a written warning that cited “unlawful use of land,” ordering them to either “stop religious assembly or apply for a major use permit,” the couple’s attorney Dean Broyles told San Diego news station 10News.

But the major use permit could cost the Jones’ thousands of dollars just to have a few friends over.

They should win easily on appeal, what with that pesky First Amendment thingy that Obama hasn’t completely repealed yet.

0 thoughts on “Authorities Forbid Bible Study”

  1. I was going to post this on my blog as well…until I realized that by the time anyone came to my out-of-the-way little area of the net, they would’ve seen it 20 times….it’s a bit ridiculous and indicative of what’s starting to slide into place. Anyone have any further word on that Hate Crimes bill?


  2. Of course this is a terrible thing. On the plus side, just the threat of this (I think this will be overturned) will cause people to wake up and not take their rights for granted. I don’t wish for persecution, but sometimes it takes just a little bit to fan some flames.


  3. I was thinking the same thing, Chance. I read this recently on another blog, and thought it’s so absurd here in the U.S. (even in California) that it’s almost a good thing – sort of an innoculaton against such absurd policies in the immediate future.

    A friend of mine was visiting from London last week, and we were discussing the overall state of the Church and the implications of having our kids in public schools. She said something to the effect of even though there is so much that is hostile to Christianity (both official policy and ungodly indoctrination in the schools), because we have such a strong undercurrent of Christianity in our culture, it’s not as bad here as in the UK. “We don’t have that to fall back on,” she was saying.

    I think this is a case where that “undercurrent” will work to our advantage – in the sense that there is still a strong enough Christian contingent and acceptance of Christian belief that society, at large, will not stand for that sort of irrational harassment.


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