Let’s talk about how even the most conservative Christians can get behind a liberatarian philosophy of keeping gov’t out of our homes and out of our lives

In San Diego, a couple was busted for the dangerous and anti-social practice of holding weekly Bible study groups of about 15 people in their home.  (HT Instapundit, via Reason Hit and Run)

While a few people who have viewed this on various sites have suggested that this has more to do with parking issues or creating some other sort of disturbance, I submit this quote from the article, which, assuming true, shows the city officials’ concerns:

Broyles said, “The county asked, ‘Do you have a regular meeting in your home?’ She said, ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you say amen?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you pray?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you say praise the Lord?’ ‘Yes.'”

Update: Here’s the County’s “defense,” which, if you ask me, is pretty darn weak.  They don’t deny the questioning above, although they dodge questions on it (“I wasn’t there.”).  Then they go on to claim:

However, what our officer was trying to do is establish what the use is so that we know what regulations to actually utilize,” explained Chandra Wallar of the county’s land use and environment group.

Wallar said it’s the officer’s job to determine what kind of event is hosted at Jones’ house to decide what part of county code the event falls under.

 “The Bible studies are one that’s probably in a very gray area,” Waller said.

 That gray area may be causing the problem. Wallar said the county only cares about how any event impacts the surrounding neighborhood.

 “We want to make sure — whether they’re on a public road or a private road — that they’re parking safely; that we can get fire trucks in; that we can get police vehicles in,” Waller said. However, what our officer was trying to do is establish what the use is so that we know what regulations to actually utilize,” explained Chandra Wallar of the county’s land use and environment group.

 

Wallar said it’s the officer’s job to determine what kind of event is hosted at Jones’ house to decide what part of county code the event falls under.

 

“The Bible studies are one that’s probably in a very gray area,” Waller said.

 

That gray area may be causing the problem. Wallar said the county only cares about how any event impacts the surrounding neighborhood.

 “We want to make sure — whether they’re on a public road or a private road — that they’re parking safely; that we can get fire trucks in; that we can get police vehicles in,” Waller said.

Clearly, something doesn’t make sense here- if the parking’s the problem, who cares what the use is?  Obviously, someone does, or they wouldn’t have been asking him the questions about it- they would have just asked about the parking, and maybe how often it happened and a few questions about what was going on to make sure they weren’t doing anything illegal.  But they didn’t, and they didn’t just warn him that he was limited on where cars could be parked or how much noise could come from his residence or anything else, instead:

In April, Jones received a written warning for “unlawful use of land” and was ordered to stop hosting his “religious assemblies.”

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