CA couple ordered by city not to hold home Bible study

Snooping around garage sales, regulating kids' lemonade stands - anything the government wants to do, can do, it will do.

Who's going to stop it?

An Orange County couple has been ordered to stop holding a Bible study in their home on the grounds that the meeting violates a city ordinance as a "church" and not as a private gathering.

Homeowners Chuck and Stephanie Fromm, of San Juan Capistrano, were fined $300 earlier this month for holding what city officials called "a regular gathering of more than three people".

That type of meeting would require a conditional use permit as defined by the city, according to Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), the couple's legal representation.

The Fromms also reportedly face subsequent fines of $500 per meeting for any further "religious gatherings" in their home, according to PJI.

"We're just gathering and enjoying each other's company and fellowship. And we enjoy studying God's word." Stephanie Fromm told CBS2.

The city officials forget their heritage:

The city of San Juan Capistrano was founded as a mission in the late 1700s by Catholic priest Junipero Serra, who established a local chapel that remains the oldest standing building in California.

It's as if the Constitution is some kind of museum piece - like a moldy sarcophagus, or a bit of fossilized bone from some extinct species. We take our kids to see all these ancient relics and wonder what things were like when Pharaohs walked the earth or saber tooth cats stalked early man.

Now we can pretty much do the same thing with the Constitution. "Look, Tommy. It's the Constitution." It's how America used to live in the old days. Isn't it quaint?"

This is not an isolated incident. It's happening everywhere. Property rights trampled, religious freedom abridged, free speech stifled, the right to assembly curtailed. This is not a left issue or right issue. It is an American issue. And it's time we wake up before the Constitution starts gathering dust in warehouse somewhere - forlorn and forgotten.


Snooping around garage sales, regulating kids' lemonade stands - anything the government wants to do, can do, it will do.

Who's going to stop it?

An Orange County couple has been ordered to stop holding a Bible study in their home on the grounds that the meeting violates a city ordinance as a "church" and not as a private gathering.

Homeowners Chuck and Stephanie Fromm, of San Juan Capistrano, were fined $300 earlier this month for holding what city officials called "a regular gathering of more than three people".

That type of meeting would require a conditional use permit as defined by the city, according to Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), the couple's legal representation.

The Fromms also reportedly face subsequent fines of $500 per meeting for any further "religious gatherings" in their home, according to PJI.

"We're just gathering and enjoying each other's company and fellowship. And we enjoy studying God's word." Stephanie Fromm told CBS2.

The city officials forget their heritage:

The city of San Juan Capistrano was founded as a mission in the late 1700s by Catholic priest Junipero Serra, who established a local chapel that remains the oldest standing building in California.

It's as if the Constitution is some kind of museum piece - like a moldy sarcophagus, or a bit of fossilized bone from some extinct species. We take our kids to see all these ancient relics and wonder what things were like when Pharaohs walked the earth or saber tooth cats stalked early man.

Now we can pretty much do the same thing with the Constitution. "Look, Tommy. It's the Constitution." It's how America used to live in the old days. Isn't it quaint?"

This is not an isolated incident. It's happening everywhere. Property rights trampled, religious freedom abridged, free speech stifled, the right to assembly curtailed. This is not a left issue or right issue. It is an American issue. And it's time we wake up before the Constitution starts gathering dust in warehouse somewhere - forlorn and forgotten.


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