Friday, March 26, 2010

AGAIN! City orders Bible study closed

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A southern California city has ordered a Friday-night Bible study involving about a dozen people to shut down its meetings by Good Friday or members could face financial sanctions.

Now, in Rancho Cucamonga, legal experts defending Bible-study members say the city is targeting a Bible study for banishment, and officials say they are "not budging."

In Rancho Cucamonga, however, the city apparently is intentionally pursuing the closure of a Bible study, according to Brad Dacus, whose Pacific Justice Institute is working on the case.

"The city's stance has similarities to, but is perhaps even harsher than a pending situation in Gilbert, Ariz., and a flare-up last year over a home Bible study in San Diego County," his organization confirmed.

Rancho Cucamonga officials are demanding that the small home Bible-study group stop meeting – or apply to purchase a Conditional Use Permit that also would be required for a full church operation.

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