America is the land of the free, a country founded on religious freedom and the 1st Amendment. Its earliest immigrants came here to escape religious persecution.
Unfortunately, freedom of religion no longer applies. It’s being turned on its head and into freedom from religion. Like in California, where holding “a regular gathering of more than three people” is a crime in San Juan Capistrano, especially if that regular meeting involves studying the Bible.
Chuck and Stephanie Fromm were fined $300 and ordered to stop holding a regular Bible study at their home. The meeting violates a city ordinance as a “church” and not as a private gathering, they were told. They also face additional charges of $500 per meeting for any further “religious gatherings” in their home, according to the Pacific Justice Institute, which is representing the couple in a legal fight to get the city’s decision overturned.
Neighbors say the gatherings at the Fromm’s residence haven’t caused problems, but city officials apparently disagree. They have determined Bible studies differ from other regular gatherings, like say Tupperware® or NFL Monday Night Football parties.
The irony that San Juan Capistrano was founded as a Catholic mission is lost on the elected elites in that city. So they crack down, even though none of the participants are bothering anyone or are out proselytizing others in the neighborhood. They aren’t “forcing their religion” on anyone who doesn’t want to be there, which seems to be a great fear of the anti-Christian despots who bring this subject up in all religious discussions.
It was just over a year ago that San Diego County was after a Christian couple for holding a regular Bible study. A media firestorm led to a reversal of San Diego’s religious persecution.
Christianity is becoming less of an accepted religion around the world. The United States is no exception, and the Bill of Rights is succumbing to tyranny at all levels of government.