A former California local city official has spoken out against being fined for holding Bible studies and prayer meetings in his home.

Chuck Fromm told ANS: “As most of you have heard, my wife Stephanie and I have locked horns with our city government over the right to gather in our home for a Bible study without a permit.

“As with most issues, this matter can get very complex very quickly. The fact is that in our city, San Juan Capistrano, any ‘religious organization’ where more than three people meet regularly in a home must obtain a conditional use permit from the city. This is a very costly process, which we believe infringes on basic constitutional rights — rights which guarantee us private space and freedom from undue government control,” Fromm said in an e-mail update.

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