Is San Diego County Shutting Down Home Bible Studies?

Is this story actually true?

A local pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a San Diego County official, who then threatened them with escalating fines if they continued to hold bible studies in their home, 10News reported… The county employee notified the couple that the small bible study, with an average of 15 people attending, was in violation of county regulations.

Pondering some secular implications:

“If the county thinks they can shut down groups of 10 or 15 Christians meeting in a home, what about people who meet regularly at home for poker night? What about people who meet for Tupperware parties? What about people who are meeting to watch baseball games on a regular basis and support the Chargers?”

I am curious to hear the county’s side.

The news report, including video, is here.

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About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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5 Responses to Is San Diego County Shutting Down Home Bible Studies?

  1. Marshal Ray says:

    Yeah, I watched that news report. I seriously doubt any of this would have happened if the person who complained knew they were having poker night, a tupperware party or a neighborhood party.
    But a Bible study?! Oh my, call the authorities!

  2. Jared Saltz says:

    I, too, am interested to hear the county’s side of things, as well as finding out how much of the report is true. It seems as though there should be something else to the story, but even if there isn’t then I can’t say that I’m really surprised.

    I’ll certainly be trolling for updates on the story.

  3. Lee says:

    You really don’t need to hear the County side of this – be glad you don’t live here.

    San Diego County is one of the most backwards, repressive bureaucracies in the USA. County PR staffers are tap-dancing like puppets on speed. E-mail Supervisor Chair Greg Cox at greg.cox@sdcounty.ca.gov and tell him what a great job (not!) Code Enforcement Head Pam Elias and her staff are doing or tell her yourself at Pam.Elias@sdcounty.ca.gov

    I hope this goes to court. The County is going to lose big time. Too bad the taxpayers and not the responsible bureaucrats will pay the costs and damages. Hopefully all this negative publicity will protect other citizens from further abuse by these bureaucratic zealots.

  4. afrankangle says:

    Three things came to mind as I watched the report:
    (1) Huh? (as I scratch my head)
    (2) Does the county has too much time on there hands?
    (3) This is just a short note .. in other words, there’s more to the story … gotta be … question is what is it?

    Thanks for the report.

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