Pastor David Jones and his wife Mary were told that they had to pay thousands of dollars to San Diego County if they wanted to have a Bible Study in their home.
Apparently, officials decided that any type of religious assembly required a license.
“The government may not prohibit the free exercise of religion,” their lawyer told FOX News. “I believe that our Founding Fathers would roll over in their grave if they saw that here in the year 2009, a pastor and his wife are being told that they cannot hold a simple Bible study in their own home.”
“The implications are great because it’s not only us that’s involved,” Mary Jones said. “There are thousands and thousands of Bible studies that are held all across the country. What we’re interested in is setting a precedent here — before it goes any further — and that we have it settled for the future.” The Jones’ planned to take it to federal court if they had to.
Well, the county must not have wanted to take the chance of doing that or set a precendent in favor of Bible studies. Perhaps they wanted to leave this couple alone so that they could mess with some future families trying to pray and study with friends.
The question in my mind: “What was the county thinking?” I try to imagine the mindset of officials that would try to pull this kind of stunt, and all I can think is that some liberals in California are so angry at Christians that they will push them any way that they can.