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-UPDATE: City to Pay Back Fines and Change Code on Home Bible Studies

by Dr. D ~ November 23rd, 2011

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The City of San Juan Capistrano, CA has agreed to pay back the fines charged against Chuck and Stephanie Fromm for hosting a large Bible study in their home without a city permit. Also, the city plans to review and make some changes to the municipal code.

Here’s the original story: -California City Fines Home Bible Study

At the time I made this comment:

“Once this case receives the national attention it deserves, there are going to be a lot of regrets down at city hall in San Juan Capistrano – a city that was ironically founded around a Christian mission.”

According to reports that is exactly what happened. The city received hundreds of angry letters from all over the country once the word got out. As a result of all the negative publicity, the City Council ended up supporting the Fromms against their own administrators in this case.

Last Wednesday the couple dropped their lawsuit against San Juan Capistrano after the city agreed to pay back the $300 taken from them in fines and amend the city ordinance to allow for home Bible studies.

Response: Another case where common sense finally won out against a crazy PC bureaucracy. This was a case that could not be allowed to stand. City administrators all over the country were watching how this would play out.

The city decided to back away for 2 very good reasons. One- negative PR and two- no hope that they would ever win this case in court.  In final analysis, the city of San Juan Capistrano lost in the court of public opinion and would have also lost their case in the legal court.           *Top

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