Banished! City forbids Bible studies in homes

@laglen (19782)
United States
March 14, 2010 9:02am CST
[i]Banished! City forbids Bible studies in homes The city of Gilbert, Ariz., has ordered a group of seven adults to stop gathering for Bible studies in a private home because such meetings are forbidden by the city's zoning codes http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=127793[/i] wow when I saw the headline, I thought to myself, what country did this happen. Then I saw it took place in a town in Arizona, wow. This was a seven member church. Whew so glad they took that one in hand.... Now, it looks like they are revisiting this code, but scary it got this far. This group was doing nothing more than a quiet bible study in a residence.
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@jb78000 (15173)
14 Mar 10
this reminds me of the cases where archaic, and ridiculous, laws are brought up by neighbours at war and e.g. the police have no choice but to follow them up because nobody has bothered to remove them. i am not going to your link but who tried to get these people into trouble? inlaws? a rival church?
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
14 Mar 10
Actually it's more about a really dumb ancient zoning law. Unfortunetly it also clashes with the first amendment's right of assembly. Strangely enough, doesn't QUITE clash with the establsihment clause in the same amendment, though it does flirt heavily with doing so.
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@jb78000 (15173)
14 Mar 10
i got curious enough that i checked the link - doesn't say who brought up this ludicrous law to try and get the group into trouble. think it might have backfired a bit though, since all that i imagine will happen is the law is removed.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
15 Mar 10
jb, it looks like the city itself, it does not mention a complaint that brought it on.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
14 Mar 10
There are many archaic laws, regulations, ordinances, etc. on everyone's books. I think each legislature, commission, etc. should have a responsibility to revisit old laws, regulations, etc. at least once a decade to rescind, revise, update, etc. these instead of just creating new ones all the time.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
15 Mar 10
I agree, I think these things should be revisited every five years.
• Philippines
14 Mar 10
I never imagined there is this law of all places the US - I find this appalling. As long as you are not bothering anyone, it is nobody's business to know what you are doing inside your house. This law should be repealed.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
15 Mar 10
yes it should and hopefully it now will be.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
15 Mar 10
wow, that is crazy! Satan is really attacking Christians in these last days to be sure. i hope that things work out for these people and that this doesnt set a president for things to come.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
22 Mar 10
i hope so too, but I think we are stronger!
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
15 Mar 10
What no political meeting in your home? Maybe they will consider them subversive and a threat according to Homeland Security.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
15 Mar 10
oh but nobody says anything about parties etc..
• Canada
15 Mar 10
That is absolutely nuts!!! I may not agree with a lot of religions, but I am not going to go so far as to tell people what they can and can not do in their own homes, provided no one is abused in any way.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
15 Mar 10
exactly and nobody was bothering anybody