STMA: Way Out Of Line

And a little bit scary: this article, emailed to me by a friend, details a San Diego couple who are being told that they will be subject to fines if they continue to hold a regular Bible study in their homes without a “major use permit.” The article is watery on legal details, but I assume the law in San Diego County differentiates between primarily residential and primarily commercial properties, and that churches provide income to the county because they must be zoned as commercial properties. But this is the couple’s home! There is no basis for the prosecution of anyone holding a gathering in their home save that the gathered persons participate in some illegal activity; last I checked, Bible study was still (thankfully) legal in this nation. Anyone want to read the first amendment?

Amendment I (Emphasis mine) 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.