One word: Absurd.
How else to you describe the fact that a San Diego, CA pastor and his wife were interrogated by a county official and warned they will face escalating fines if they continue to hold Bible studies in their home?
The couple told their attorney a county government employee knocked on their door on Good Friday, asking a litany of questions about their Tuesday night Bible studies, which are attended by approximately 15 people.
No, the government employee did not ask to be a part of the following week's get together. Instead, the invasion of privacy included such gems as:
> "Do you have a regular weekly meeting in your home?"
> "Do you sing?"
> "Do you say 'Amen'?"
> "Do you say, 'Praise the Lord'?"
When the pastor's wife answered yes to all of those questions, she was told she must stop holding "religious assemblies" until she and her husband obtain a Major Use Permit from the county, a permit that often involves traffic and environmental studies, compliance with parking and sidewalk regulations, and costs that top tens of thousands of dollars!
And if they fail to pay for the MUP, the county official reportedly warned, the couple will be charged escalating fines beginning at $100, then $200, $500, $1000, "and then it will get ugly."
Man, Satan is really getting bolder in these last days isn't he? Let's be honest here, if this were a story about a Muslim family who received a country official who asked them similar questions about their group studies of the Koran we'd have the Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) threatening political jihad while simultaneously holding session in the court of public opinion as they told there story on each and every news media outlet they could find.
However, because this has to do with Christians (in the liberal state of California no less) it will barely get a mention outside of purely conservative, Christian forums like this one. Shame on those who are a part of the mainstream media call themselves the "watchdog press".
Again, this is absurd and totally unacceptable! Christians aren't doormats to be walked all over. Yet, in the past 2 weeks we've seen MULTIPLE examples of the secular world's blatant attacks on Christianity -- forcing a 13-year-old cancer treatment to accept medical treatment he and his family don't want, Ida the "Missing Link", the U.S. military burning Bibles, and now this.
Bottom line, the county's action not only violates religious land-use laws but also assaults both the First Amendment's freedom of assembly and freedom of religion.
The First Amendment, in part, reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."
As Dave Welch of WorldNetDaily recently wrote, "We have no idea in America what persecution is. Yes, we are closer than we have ever been to opening the doors for true persecution, but we have not even begun to see what it looks like."
Lord come quickly.
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