Town Bans Home Bible Studies
Chuck and Stephanie Fromm have been fined by the city of San Juan Capistrano, California, for conducting Bible studies in their home.
Stephanie holds one study during the week which is attended by about 20 people, and Chuck holds one on Sundays with about 50 people. The couple live on a 4.7 acre property, where they claim there is plenty of room for parking. They do not play music. “It’s meditative,” said Mrs. Fromm.
They have already paid two fines, but are now initiating a legal action to challenge the city’s code enforcement department. The city would not comment.
The case is reminiscent of our report on the Christian house church movement’s struggles in China, where such challenges have now escalated to arrests.
San Juan Capistrano was also in the news recently as the location where a public schoolteacher was sued for attacking the Christian religion while teaching a class on European history to high school students, as DailyCristo reported here. The court decided in the teacher’s favor.
It is perhaps an irony that San Juan Capistrano is named for a Franciscan mission, which still functions as the oldest church in California.