"Anti-Christian harassment and discrimination"~~!!
Over the past years we have seen an alarming pattern of intrusive anti-Christian harassment and discrimination. This discrimination is literally coming right to the FRONT DOOR of Christians across America. With your continued prayers and support, and with God's grace, we are not going to let ANYONE deprive us of our religious liberty!
It is shocking to consider that the freedoms we all thought were safe can no longer be taken for granted in America. Did you ever imagine that we would have to worry about whether or not Christians could hold a Bible study in their own homes? This is America, not Communist China! But, this is what's at stake again right now in San Juan Capistrano, California.
This isn't the first time Christians have been attacked for worshipping in their own home. In 2009, a San Diego pastor and his wife experienced a rude awakening when a code enforcement officer came to their front door on Good Friday and issued them a CITATION. After holding Bible studies in their home for years the couple was now being questioned about their weekly meetings.
According to Mary Jones, the pastor's wife, the most startling thing was when the officer began to ask, "Do you have a regular weekly meeting in your home? Do you sing? Do you say 'amen'? Do you say, 'Praise the Lord'?" After responding "yes" to these questions, the pastor's wife was told "YOU MUST STOP THE MEETING IMMEDIATELY!"
A threatening follow up letter was sent to the Jones' by San Diego County. It told Pastor Jones to cease and desist from holding his Bible Study.
Why? The county considered them to be holding "religious assemblies" that required the Jones' obtain a Major Use Permit from the County. This application process would have taken months, cost thousands of dollars and Pastor Jones could have been denied.
The county official warned if they kept meeting without the permit they would be charged with escalating fines starting at $100 and going up to $1000. If they still did not comply, "then it will get ugly."
This attack on Pastor Jones' right to hold a Bible Study was extremely serious. The kind of questioning that took place by the county official was completely inappropriate. What about other meetings people have in their homes to watch ball games or sell Tupperware? Do they need a permit too? Why were the County's charges specifically directed against the Jones' religious practices?
Thankfully, after a very intense national effort to rally support for Pastor Jones, the charges were eventually dropped.
You may have hoped public officials would have learned their lesson, but more instances of this same kind of discrimination continue to emerge in places like Rancho Cucamonga, California and Gilbert, Arizona. But, just like in San Diego, each of these bogus citations were dropped after they were made public.
Now a family in San Juan Capistrano, California needs our help. They have become the most recent target. Chuck and Stephanie Fromm have found themselves subject to multiple fines over the past few months because of their weekly Bible Studies.
The Fromms have been holding their study for over 18 years in a spacious neighborhood in a large home situated on more than an acre of land. On one side of their street there are no houses and lots of room to park. It was only after a neighbor complained that the Fromms began to receive these fines.
City officials claim the Fromms are in violation of a code prohibiting religious gathering in residential neighborhoods without a permit. The group averages about 50 people at its Sunday gatherings, but there's no limit written in the city code so the City's enforcement appears to be arbitrary.
To target a group because they're religious is clearly unconstitutional. Religious home group meetings are part of our inalienable right to the free exercise of religion. City codes can't trump our liberty. There's no legitimate, constitutional reason for the City to start attacking the Fromm's meeting.
Christian home meetings go all the way back to the Book of Acts and the birth of the Church. They are an important part of church life for millions of Christians across America. To arbitrarily target Christians because of the religious content of their meetings is clearly a VIOLATION of our religious liberties.
So far the San Juan Capistrano City Council has been unresponsive to our inquiries. We must rally support for the Fromms. If we don't win this battle it won't be long until other cities will try to regulate our home meetings out of existence.
With your continued prayers and generous financial support we will increase the pressure on the San Juan Capistrano City Council to abolish these unconstitutional codes.
Please, pray for us and then send your best gift today. Help us as we fight to defend our precious religious freedom for all Americans.
For Christ and Liberty,
Dr. Gary L Cass, D. Min.
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