I wrote previously that San Diego outlawed a Bible study group from meeting at their pastor’s home. This was, and still is, an outrageous infringement of our First Amendment Rights.
I guess since liberals thought they could infringe on the Second Amendment successfully (despite the Heller decision that was a victory for all Americans) all the other amendments were up for infringement, from free speech to property ownership rights.
Hey Fred! Why did you bring up property rights in a First Amendment issue? The Fifth Amendment says in part “…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
If you are deprived of the use of your house for a Bible study or a Super Bowl game party, this violates the Fifth Amendment. (Some of you probably thought the Fifth Amendment just protects you from self-incrimination.
Pastor David Jones was deprived of the right to use his home as he saw fit. He was also deprived of his right to assembly and to practice his religion. There is some good news for at least a temporary stay of execution.
Walt Ekard of the County of San Diego made a public statement that “The Bible studies will continue in Pastor David Jones’ home as we work to find a solution that works for everyone involved in this matter.” Please note that portion of the statement “as we work to find a solution that works for everyone involved in this matter.” I believe this positions the County to be able to demand special use permits that could cost the Pastor over $10,000!
Interestingly enough is his opening statement “I have received dozens of e-mails and calls from people concerned about reports that the County is attempting to muzzle religious expression by shutting down a neighborhood Bible study.” I would bet there were hundreds, if not thousands of calls and emails from all over the country when there actions hit the blogs.
I congratulate all of you who contacted them. We need to protect Christianity in the United States. If the Druids and Atheists and psychedelic mushroom religious crowds are protected, we have to demand we are given the same protection. Better yet, we should demand our God-given rights to practice our religion; no man-made laws should trump God.