City Attacks Religious Freedoms – Bans In-Home Church Meetings

City Attacks Religious Freedoms – Bans In-Home Church Meetings

Gilbert, Arizona, officials have shut down the private, in-home meetings of the Oasis of Truth Church. Pastor Joe Sutherland received a cease-and-desist letter with a 10-day warning to stop the meetings, even though no neighbors have complained. The congregation, which met in the pastor’s home, consisted of only seven adults and four children.

Town officials claimed the seven-member group violates the Land Development Code, defending traffic, parking, and building safety concerns, despite the group having adequate parking accommodations. Bible studies and potluck dinners are even banned according to the code’s vague language. Interestingly, massive house parties and child day cares, which routinely violate the Land Development Code, are allowed.

The Constitution gives all Americans both the freedom of religion and assembly. It seems as though both freedoms are being assaulted.

Gilbert Mayor John Lewis said members of the city’s Town Council have asked town officials to stop enforcing the ban until permanent changes can be made at a March 22 meeting — or possibly earlier.

The Gilbert town council will hold a meeting next week to consider the code. Vice Mayor Linda Abbott has already expressed her opposition; hopefully others will follow.

3 Comments
  • Cindy
    Posted at 12:35h, 17 March Reply

    This is crazy, I thought Americans/Canadians are allowed to peacefully assemble! Obviously this is feeble attack by the enemy who is already a defeated foe.
    I will pray for your congregation.

  • Dale
    Posted at 17:18h, 17 March Reply

    And would these anti-Christian zealots attack any, and I do mean any, other religious group? The new Romans are alive and well. Next comes the circus judicicus to provide entertainment for the pagans. After all, these defiant folk may yet take to painting a fish on property and wearing crosses.

  • Peter
    Posted at 06:25h, 18 March Reply

    More barricades and oppression over Christ’s disciples and children.
    There will be a revival and His word will spread. Ultimately the creator will intervene. Keep meeting more.. there is no law that can stop this. We shall not cease to pray.
    Whitby,Canada

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