Tuesday, March 16, 2010

City that banned Bible studies has Judgment Day

Holy Bible, dated 1885, antique gold lettering...Image by Wonderlane via Flickr

clipped from www.wnd.com

Officials in Gilbert, Ariz., today told WND in an e-mail that the changes apparently were in the works even as the city continued handing out warnings.

"This is a community with patriotic citizens who study and defend the Constitution," Vice Mayor Linda Abbott said in the e-mail. "We understand the importance of maintaining religious freedom."

Then the church obtained a written letter from Mike Milillo, the city's senior planning, providing confirmation: "The assembly activities associated with the church, including Bible studies, church leadership meetings and church fellowship activities are not permitted."

Mayor John Lewis called it "unfortunate" that the council didn't know what employees were doing.

"Gilbert is known as a family-oriented community and our faith groups are a vital part of our town. We want to keep it that way," he said.

The announcement said there was "overwhelming support" on the council to "expedite changes in the code."

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