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Pennsylvania Family Told they can’t hold Bible Study in their Own Property


Pennsylvania Family Told they can’t hold Bible Study in their Own Property

By Hal Mayer | Keep the Faith

Pennsylvania Family Told they can’t hold Bible Study in their Own Property

“Scott and Terri Fetterolf have owned their 32-acre farm for about fifteen years. They also have a yarn and wool shop, sell fresh produce, flowers and other goods, provide classes to teach people to use the products they sell on the farm, and host private events like bridal showers and prayer groups. But their freedom to worship on their own property has now been called into question.

“They were served a cease-and-desist order late last year by the borough of Sewickley Heights, requiring them to cease and desist bible studies and characterizing them as a “special or studio school”, which requires the homeowner to go through a lengthy conditional use approval process to receive permission before bible studies could resume.  The order further ordered them to cease and desist a worship night, a religious retreat, and a religious fundraiser for kids in Africa via the Kenya Christian Education Partnership, claiming those events were only permissible in zones where “places of worship or assembly” are permitted.

“If the Fetterolfs continue bible studies without obtaining permission or conduct any worship nights, religious retreats, or religious fundraisers, the borough will fine the Fetterolfs $500 per day.

“Jeremy Samek is senior counsel for the Independence Law Center, an arm of the Pennsylvania Family Institute. He told CBN News his organization is representing the Fetterolfs, and what’s happened to them violates their constitutional rights. Samek says placing these sorts of requirements on the Fetterolfs — or anyone for that matter — is illegal.

“‘What they’re doing here is they are requiring them to make a request with the zoning board and get permission to hold a Bible study… require them to go through a public hearing to receive permission… and that kind of prior restraining is unconstitutional and infringing on their right to freely exercise their religion,’ Samek told CBN News.

“Samek says they’re being forbidden to hold not only Bible studies, but church staff meetings, retreats, or even religious fundraisers, by putting them in the category of a place of worship. He said, for example, a youth group of 30 students couldn’t come to the farm and sing religious songs, but the same group of kids could have a graduation party and play music without restriction.

“The borough hasn’t filed a response yet to the Independence Law Center’s suit according to Samek. He says the mayor said they could hold Bible studies, but the town’s attorneys say they can’t because those Bible studies would be labeled a class and they’d need a permit for it.

“The next step for the Fetterolfs and their attorneys, Samek says, is waiting to hear back from federal court on their complaint and preliminary injunction.

“Meanwhile, Terri Fetterolf told the local paper, “I don’t seek to sue my borough and cause taxes to go up, I’m just trying to live my life.”

Restrictions on religious freedom are increasingly popping up. America was intended as a country where religious liberty was the paramount right, not government, not other rights.

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12.

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  1. Outrageous…..But just proves how close we are to the close of probation and Jesus return
    Even so it is hard to believe it is happening

  2. I Applaud The Fetterolf Family .I am praying for continued courage, strength, faith, Trust and resolve renewed each day upon them . From Their Father’s Throne above.I know He hears their cry and Their Angels are ever ready to protect them from harm.
    I pray This Beautiful Family Will never stumble or falter in their beliefs .In The Prophecies Given is in our Bible.Also in the light and re-assurances Given by The Spirit Of Prophecy.The knowledge in the pages of :
    “” Preparation For The Final Crisis “”
    Where God Clearly defines His Protection and Providence . For this time .When His Coming as
    i Our Savior Jesus Christ.The King Of Kings And Lord Of Lords.
    I ask our God to keep Them as an example of : Truth.Devotion.Dedication.And Absolute Convenant Relationship.To The One And Only Creator God:? Of This Universe . I implore GOD’s flock in Other congregations. May notice and earnestly join them . I take this opportunity to pray For strength and total commitment. For my precious ones and for all Who have touched my life in amazing ways . My beloved sisters in The Lord And their loved ones. I seek To stand ready : in complete honor And devotion to my God . should the injustice practiced on this family .Visits me ; or any I love and know.This is my prayer for God’s Church everywhere.
    In Jesus’s Most Powerful .Amen.?????????

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