Sunday, September 25, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Chuck and Stephanie Fromm of San Juan Capistrano, Cal., have long enjoyed having their friends over for weekly dinner, fellowship, and a time of studying the Bible together. But according to a recent report from CBS 2 in Los Angeles, the city is not so pleased, as it considers such gatherings to be illegal.
Since more than three people typically come over to the Fromms house every week, the city claims the couple is violating a local ordinance, and must obtain a conditional use permit if it wishes to continue having guests on the property. But to obtain such a permit, the Fromms would have to jump through all the same regulatory hoops as a local business or church would have to, including conducting extensive traffic and environmental impact reports, making their home accessible to wheelchairs, and paying additional fees.
"We're just gathering and enjoying each other's company and fellowship. And we enjoy studying God's Word," said Stephanie Fromm to CBS 2, emphasizing the fact that she and her husband have done everything possible to make sure that the gatherings and presence of their guests are not a nuisance to nearby neighbors.