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Authorities All Over America Are Cracking Down On Home Bible Studies And Other Expressions Of The Christian Faith

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Could you imagine being fined $250 every time you have your friends come over to watch football?  Could you imagine having the government authorities take you to court over a Friday night card game?  Well, down in Venice, Florida authorities are cracking down on Shane and Marlen Roessiger for holding a Bible study in their home on Friday nights.  The meetings consist of at most 10 people gathering for a time of prayer and Bible study, but authorities in Venice insist that this is a “zoning violation” and Shane and Marlen Roessiger are being threatened with a fine of $250 per meeting.  Sadly, this is not the first time something like this has happened.  The truth is that authorities all over America are seeking to suppress home Bible studies and other expressions of the Christian faith.  It isn’t enough that they have essentially removed every trace of Christianity from public life in America.  Now they are coming after us in our own homes.  Unfortunately, this is the direction that our country is heading.  We are becoming a “Big Brother society” in which virtually every little move we make is scrutinized by government bureaucrats and control freaks.

If someone has hundreds of people over to their home on a regular basis, then yes, things like traffic congestion and noise can become an issue.

However, when the day comes that we can’t have quiet gatherings of 10 people or less in our own homes then we will know that we have entered complete and total tyranny.

Fortunately, in this case Shane and Marlen Roessiger appear to have some good legal representation on their side according to a recent Fox News article….

“It’s a weekly Bible study,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute. “It’s the same kind of Bible study that occurs in households across America.”

The Pacific Justice Institute is representing the Roessigers as they fight back against the city’s attacks. Dacus said they are hearing of a number of assaults on home Bible studies across the nation.

“They are having a specific problem with this family solely because they are having family and friends over to read the bible and pray,” Dacus told Fox News. “That may be fine in some tyrannical parts of the world. That is not okay in the United States of America.”

Even if you are not religious, hopefully you can see how their rights are being trampled.

Just think about how you would feel if you had a few friends over to discuss politics or some other topic that was very important to you.  Would you want the authorities showing up at your door?

Unfortunately, this is not the only home Bible study that has been attacked in recent months.

Over in southern California, Chuck and Stephanie Fromm were fined $300 for holding a home Bible study on their property.  They were told that they did not have the proper “conditional use permit” to hold such a meeting.

And this is the direction that our country is heading in today.  Instead of protecting our freedoms and liberties, the “authorities” tell us that we have to get “permission” from the government to do just about anything.

Down in Phoenix, Arizona one man was actually sentenced to 60 days in prison and he was fined $12,180 for holding a Bible study on his property.

In that case he would have several dozen people over to his home for the meetings and he did have a “church sign” in his front yard, but instead of trying to work things out the authorities threw the full force of the law at him.

So if we can’t meet in our own homes, where are we supposed to go?

Should we rent a school building?

That is what many Christian groups around the country do, but now authorities in many areas are starting to crack down on that.

For example, WND reported earlier this year that New York City was trying to cancel the leases of all religious groups that were renting space in public school buildings….

“Our view is that public school buildings, which are funded by taxpayers’ dollars, should not be used as houses of worship,” said Marge Feinberg, spokeswoman for New York City’s Department of Education. “Public school space cannot and should not be used for worship services, especially because school space is not equally available to all faiths.”

Sadly, this is all part of a pattern of hostility toward Christianity that is steadily building in this country.

A recently released report entitled “The Survey of Religious Hostility in America” contained a whole host of incidents that demonstrate this very clearly.  The following are just a few examples from the 140 page report….

  • “A federal judge threatened ‘incarceration’ to a high school valedictorian unless she removed references to Jesus from her graduation speech.
  • City officials prohibited senior citizens from praying over their meals, listening to religious messages or singing gospel songs at a senior activities center.
  • A public school official prevented a student from handing out flyers inviting her classmates to an event at her church.
  • A public university’s law school banned a Christian organization because it required its officers to adhere to a statement of faith that the university disagreed with.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice argued before the Supreme Court that the federal government can tell churches and synagogues which pastors and rabbis it can hire and fire.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs banned the mention of God from veterans’ funerals, overriding the wishes of the deceased’s families.
  • A federal judge held that prayers before a state House of Representatives could be to Allah but not to Jesus.”

Perhaps you are not a Christian and you are glad that authorities are making things tough on the Christians.

Well, what about when they come and knock on your door and trample on your rights?

For example, in some areas of the country it is now apparently “wrong” for kids to play in their own yard unsupervised.  The following is from a recent Natural News article….

A Virginia mother was recently interrogated four times by police, and visited twice by social services, after neighbors spotted the mother’s children playing in their own yard unsupervised, and decided to report the non-incident to local authorities. According to Lenore Skenazy of Free-Range Kids, such hysteria and Stasi-style paranoia are becoming the norm in America, where children are being excessively coddled, overprotected, and treated as though they are always in grave danger of being kidnapped or harmed.

Can you see where all of this is headed?

We live in a nation run by control freaks.

We live in a nation where 51 percent of the people agree with this statement: “it is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism.”

We live in a nation where people have become convinced that it is normal for security goons to touch the private parts of our women and our children before they are allowed to board their flights.

We live in a nation where the government is installing a nationwide network of very sophisticated facial recognition cameras to watch what we are all doing.

If we continue to allow our liberties and freedoms to be eroded at this pace, eventually we will have nothing left.

Someday our children may wake up in a dystopian nightmare far beyond anything that George Orwell ever dreamed of.

And who will be to blame?

We will be, because we never stood up and said something while we had the chance.

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  • Gary2

    I would bet that there is way more to the story than simply some guy having bible class, however, I do not see any issue with doing what you want on your own property as long as it is not hurting others.

  • First They Came

    First they came for the socialists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me.

    ~ Martin Niemöller – German pastor and theologian

  • Gary2

    Michael–again I say you are spreading yourself way too thin by having this web site. It really is just a rehash of the other 2 with much the same info. The comments are taking way too long to be posted etc. Don’t try to do too much. you are only one person.

    • Rodster

      Michael, I second what Gary2 says.

  • NorthernCanuck

    This is badly off-topic here, Michael, but I thought it significant enough to submit:

    “Feds Hired British Security Firm to Protect Benghazi Consulate

    By Spencer Ackerman and Noah Shachtman,
    ‘Danger Room’, Wired.Com,
    September 17, 2012

    (Photo: Demonstrators in Benghazi hang the ex-dictator Moammar Gadhafi in effigy, February 2011. The State Department later hired a private security firm, Blue Mountain, to help protect the U.S. consulate in the city — before it was attacked on Sept. 11.)

    The State Department signed a six-figure deal with a British firm to protect the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya just four months before a sustained attack on the compound killed four U.S. nationals inside.

    Contrary to Friday’s claim by State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland that “at no time did we contract with a private security firm in Libya,” the department inked a contract for “security guards and patrol services” on May 3 for $387,413.68. An extension option brought the tab for protecting the consulate to $783,000. The contract lists only “foreign security awardees” as its recipient.

    The State Department confirmed to Danger Room on Monday that the firm was Blue Mountain, a British company that provides “close protection; maritime security; surveillance and investigative services; and high risk static guarding and asset protection,” according to its website. Blue Mountain says it has “recently operated in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, the Caribbean and across Europe” and has worked in Libya for several months since last year’s war.

  • Dave Webb

    I wonder if these “zoning laws” apply to Muslims. Specifically Black Muslims that would react with riots and violence. This is only relevant if one group is discriminated against while another is not. I only used that as an example because these same cowards will not try this against some groups but they will try it against people they are relatively sure won’t cause them a problem. IN other words, law abiding people. All zoning has to be set up not to discriminate against any one ethnic group. Otherwise the law has to be thrown off the books and re-written so that it applies to everyone.
    Guess you girls won’t be holding bridge club anywhere soon. I guess the football is off for the weekend. I guess the poker game won’t be held either. Because if it applies to the goose it also has to apply to the gander. No zoning law can discriminate between one group and another.
    Also if the group is older than the law, they are grandfathered in.

  • Leon

    Obama is our worst enemy .

    • DownWithLibs

      Hard to argue with that!

  • Greg

    We who want true freedom have become the minority in america. Cameras are on the redlights and in our schools and on school buses. It is just a matter of time before we are over run with these control freaks and all of us who do not want to be controlled will be locked up.

  • Gay Veteran

    I generally agree with your article.

    However:

    “Public school space cannot and should not be used for worship services, especially because school space is not equally available to all faiths.”

    so Michael, is it ok for OTHER faiths to ALSO use school space for worship services? Or is your concern only for Christians?

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      So gays, atheists and democrats shouldn’t be able to use those facilities either right? In practice, those are faiths too.

      Or are you only concerned about Christians?

      • Gay Veteran

        care to explain how being Gay is a faith?

        and what’s up with your question? I agree with Michael

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          You clowns live your entire lives bowing at the altar of gaydom. You live it on your sleeve. You proclaim it to everyone you meet (hello, look at your user name). You preach it to our children (not mine – I refuse to allow my children into public indoctrination centers). You demand reverence to it from our govt and everyone in America in regards to employment, housing and speech. What the hell do you call that?

          What up with my question? You mean how you lefties are anti-Christian God, but Oh so in love with mohammed, gaia, govt and all those other left wing gods.

          • Gay Veteran

            wow, great strawman you built there

            btw, the ONLY thing we demand is equal rights under the law

            mohammed, gaia, govt and all those other left wing gods”

            now go get a clue

          • Shane

            I have to agree Malcolm. I tried to live as a “gay person” until it totally consumed me (suicide attempt).

            I just couldn’t bring myself to hate God, and promote that agenda.

            Their so called marriages, are laced with pornography, alcohol, many times drugs, or acceptance thereof, not to mention multiple sex partners. Did I mention “pride”?

            Some will even claim to be “Godly” or like God if it suits their situation, or topic of conversation.

            At last, I repented, and boy did it feel good to come clean. I live a joy-filled, meaningful, christian life, after seeing all the hurt.

            Saying that they don’t choose to be that way, is a “big lie”, and any one of them can “change”, as God is my witness. All one has to do is surrender to him.

            I truly praise the Lord, for his finished work, and his continuing work in my life.

            God bless.

  • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com Ol’ Grey Ghost

    “Perhaps you are not a Christian and you are glad that authorities are making things tough on the Christians. Well, what about when they come and knock on your door and trample on your rights?”

    In a city in Colorado, a certain church was upset that a man had bought a building and opened an Adult Book and Video store just half a block from the church building. The congregation lobbied the local city council to make it a violation of city code for such a store to operate with the entrance within a certain distance of any door to a church building. The ordinance passed and the store owner was in violation. The congregation celebrated but the owner merely consulted with his attorneys and decided, at great expense to himself and his business, to close off the entrance to his store that was in violation and build a new one at the other end of his building to meet the distance requirement of the law and, subsequently, he was no longer in violation.

    Later the church, due to a growing congregation, wanted to expand the size of their church building. They planned to build even closer to the man’s store. The store owner challenged their application for a building permit saying that since it was illegal for his store entrance to be within a certain distance of the church, it should also be illegal for the church to build any closer to his store unless the church didn’t want to put any doors in the addition, which would violate all fire safety codes. All authorities agreed with this man’s argument and the church was denied its building permit.

    What was not good for the goose is also not good for the gander, but if it was the gander who inflicted everything upon the goose in the first place, then when it comes back to bite the gander on his hind quarters, many might consider it to be his just desserts…

    • Gary2

      probably most of the customers of the porn shop were from the congregration. The most christian red states are the ones who consume the most porn. They also have the highest percentage of people who do not pay taxes which simply proves how stupid many in the red states are.

    • Gay Veteran

      Shane: “…
      Their so called marriages, are laced with pornography, alcohol, many times drugs, or acceptance thereof, not to mention multiple sex partners. Did I mention “pride”?….”

      since you found the Lord then you should know the following:

      Exodus 20:16 ESV: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”

    • Gay Veteran

      Shane:

      “I have to agree Malcolm. I tried to live as a “gay person” until it totally consumed me (suicide attempt).”

      why did you try to commit suicide? because family and friends condemn you?

      “I just couldn’t bring myself to hate God, and promote that agenda.”

      what agenda would that be? equal rights?

      “Their so called marriages, are laced with pornography, alcohol, many times drugs, or acceptance thereof, not to mention multiple sex partners. Did I mention “pride”?”

      and you know every single married gay person? THY SHALT NOT LIE

      “Some will even claim to be “Godly” or like God if it suits their situation, or topic of conversation.”

      maybe they’re a better Christian than you are

      “Saying that they don’t choose to be that way, is a “big lie”, and any one of them can “change”, as God is my witness. All one has to do is surrender to him.”

      So it’s a choice? Interesting that someone would “choose” to risk being rejected by family and friends, would “choose” to risk being fired from their job or thrown out of their apartment, would “choose” to risk being assaulted and even murdered. All you did was change your behavior, you’re STILL gay.

      • Anton Larsen

        I am not religious, and frankly Bible Thumpers drive me nuts. That said, they have the right to worship as they see fit, they are not hurting anyone by reading the Bible and praying in a person’s home, and I wholly support their right to do so. Quite frankly I encourage them to fight back. This is further proof that the entire world is totally and intractably insane.

  • Steve

    The greatest Islamic threat lives in the Whitehouse and needs to *************** now!!!!!

    • Gay Veteran

      must be why he’s killing so many Muslims

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        He’s killing more US soldiers than Muslims and destroying our military more than Al Qaeda. Must also be why Democrats and bamster supported the Muslim Brotherhood revolutions all over the middle east and why he appeases them every chance he can get. Also must be why he would rather meet with Letterman than Netanyahu.

        • Gay Veteran

          well the truth is that he is responsible for the deaths of our troops and Muslims

          appeases Muslims? pray how do you do that with drone attacks on rescuers and funerals???

          too bad you wet your pants worrying about them Muslims

  • http://Facebook Veronique

    Clearing the way for the take over of Islam! Street offensive, noise offensive and in your face offensive. Do they get threatened?

  • Lee

    I think those municipalities are clearly violating the first amendment’s “right to peaceably assemble” clause.

  • Doug

    Really wow we didnt see that coming, your joking.
    This has been coming for a long time man all our moms and dads new of it.
    They just didnt want to beleave this was pisible.
    Gather anyway and do Gods work.
    Dont let this stop us.
    Thank you Lord God for your Glory and Power!

  • http://TheTruth Chuck

    Interesting article. It is interesting that New York City is trying to impose that schools and other public building cannot be rented out for church services and the zoning restrictions of the Venice,Florida, city council. I would find it interesting to see what culture, religious beliefs and values permeate both New York and Venice, Fla. to ascertain what their religious and values influence this decision. The results might surprise many Christians and Americans as well…

  • http://bosgeus.punt.nl/ Bosgeus

    I witnessed Tony Alamo and Michael Travesser being framed with lies, and than incarcerated in 2008. The News on David Koresh, 1993, would be known all over the world. One can not prevent from noticing, that the first American has become the prefect of the Holy Inquisition, William Levada. And things would get worse since Barry Davis would take the puppet throne. What ever one thinks on George Bush, under his administration Michael Travesser was protected.

    References:
    Prince Michael’s website here:
    http://waynebent.com/
    Tony Alamo’s preaching here:
    http://alamoministries.com/content/english/Antichrist/nazigallery/photogallery.html

  • Steve

    It seems to me Muslims are behind ‘de-christianizing’ America.

    Certainly they have the most to benefit because they’re the only religion in America that is not banned.

    I feel sorry for you Americans.

    How little insight you have about your own plight,
    and perhaps you have even less inclination to do something about it?

  • Dan

    The bias on this “article”was so sharp I caught a case of vertigo. Three dozen people descend on my neighborhood, take up the parking around my house, without regard for my property and peace of mind…and its because the government hates tChristians? Please. There’s no doubt in my mind it wasn’t government that sought them out, it was their own neighbors…and I don’t care if they were curing cancer in that house once a week, if I wasn’t told in advance and asked for consent, id just start calling tow trucks.
    Please, “Christians”, stop calling it “persecution ” when people ask you to be respectful of their rights.

  • Matthew

    I have to wonder what’s going to happen in Utah then since something like 58-60% of the state’s population is LDS. And that’s not even getting into any of the other forms of Christianity.

  • http://thetruthwins.com Rick

    We get the leaders we deserve for our mountain of sins and forgetting God and His laws. Sure destruction is coming unless we as a nation repent.

  • Iabide

    This issue at this guys house is a Red Herring. Fox News showed the inside of the home and the Dude’s got a full blown church, pews and all set up in the house . This is a scam church set up in a house to save on overhead and illegal in every which way one can look at it and it has nothing to do with Religion.
    The screamers for the Christians have used this fake issue instead of real issues in the same arena but this sounds better than a lot of the real issues so Viola “The Red Herring”.
    Plus the zone laws that cover his home were in place when he bought the property and he knew the church was a violation but he decided his business and pocket book were more important than the law he wa aware of and flaunted.
    Don’t give the left more fodder for their cannons . Quit running stupid articles such as this and start printing news and real information!
    Dan: Your absolutly right.
    I have no bias against Christians and this being printed as a “persecution ” issue doesn’t catch it, because were it real I’d be screaming along with all their spin Doctors as well , but it’s a FAKE issue. The home owner is a fraud and your helping them to promote it when you publish disinfomation

  • Washington

    Senate Report Finds Fusion Centers “Wasteful,” Likely Violate Federal Privacy Laws. A Senate Investigations Committee has released a new report on “State and Local Fusion Centers”, government data warehouses that store an enormous amount of information on Americans. 

    http://epic.org/2012/10/senate-report-finds-fusion-cen.html

  • Washington

    Reality Check: Is SCOTUS Putting An End To “Personal” Property?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxZ1g3-2qKU&feature=plcp

  • Tina

    I am an observant Jewish woman, and this OUTRAGES me that the Christian religion is being picked on like this.

    Christians have a right to do whatever they want to do in their own homes!

    The home is our castle!