Freedom of Religion Under Fire in San Diego
According to a recent report on FOX News, a home Bible study is under fire in California. Pastor David Jones and his wife Mary got some friends together at their house in San Diego for a Bible study. However, when the county of San Diego found out, the couple was told they needed to either stop the Bible study or purchase a permit because they had too many people in their home.
Dean Broyles, the attorney who is representing the pastor and his wife, believes that San Diego county is completely in the wrong in this matter. As Broyles puts it, ” . . . the government may not prohibit the free exercise of religion, and I believe that our Founding Fathers would roll over in their graves if they saw that here in the year 2009, that a pastor and his wife are being told that they cannot have a simple Bible study in their own home.”
How crazy is this that you can no longer have some people over to study the Bible without the government stepping in? I’m not sure how many people they had over but I recall having as much as 80 people in our house at one time during a party. And yes many, if not most, were Christians and I’m sure that “religion” was being discussed.
Of course we don’t live in California but in Phoenix, Arizona. However, we are right next door!
Postscript: According to The Baptist Press, San Diego officials have apologized and rescinded the cease-and-desist order after the pastor and his wife were told they would have to apply for a permit that could cost thousands of dollars if they wanted to continue hosting a small Bible study in their home.