Florida Senior Citizens Condo Bans Bible Study and Christian Music!

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The sign was hard to miss on the piano: “ANY AND ALL CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS BANNED.” The Gateway Group had decided at a board meeting to ban Christianity from all public areas at the Cambridge House, violating Florida State law.

Residents were told they could no longer host a weekly Bible study in the commons area. They were not allowed to play Christian music on the public piano.

Outraged? So were the residents who filed a Fair Housing complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Florida Senior Citizens Condo Bans Bible Study and Christian Music!

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Stand up for these senior citizens and contact the Gateway Group in Punta Gorda Florida and kindly disgust your outrage.

Call the Gateway Group at (941) 629-8190 or (239) 628-1047 EMail: [email protected]

President Kristine Wishard email: [email protected]

Todd Starnes gives the details:

On Feb. 6 Cambridge House passed a resolution “regarding religious observances on the common elements.”

“Prayers and other religious services, observations, or meetings of any nature shall not occur at meetings of the Association (Owner meetings, member meetings, committee meetings, or, otherwise) and shall not occur in or upon any of the common elements,” the resolution read.

According to First Liberty Institute, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases, the resolution led to a religious cleansing of the entire condo association. Residents removed decorative crosses from their doors and a decorative angel fountain was removed from a courtyard — along with a statue of St. Francis of Assisi.

The statue had been donated by a resident in memory of a dead family member, First Liberty Institute noted.

But perhaps the most egregious allegation involves Donna Dunbar, a devout Christian and a lay minister in the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

First Liberty Institute filed the Fair Housing Act complaint on her behalf. They tell me residents were not given a reason for the crackdown.

Dunbar hosted a weekly Bible study for ladies in the condo’s social room. They sang songs, prayed and most recently were studying a book called, “Experiencing God,” by Henry Blackaby.

Other groups of similar size used the room for thrice-weekly card games and movie nights.

However, Dunbar was ordered by the condo association’s treasurer to obtain insurance in order to continue her meetings, the complaint alleges.

Nevertheless, Dunbar obtained the insurance policy and continued the Bible study meetings.

But all that changed in early February when the condo association passed what First Liberty Institute called a “discriminatory resolution” without prior notice.

If true, that would constitute a violation of Florida law.

On Feb. 7, Dunbar and her husband received a letter from Gateway Management ordering them to cease and desist the Bible study.

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Stand up for these senior citizens and contact the Gateway Group in Punta Gorda, Florida and kindly disgust your outrage.

Call the Gateway Group at (941) 629-8190 or (239) 628-1047 EMail: [email protected]

President Kristine Wishard email: [email protected]

Regardless, First Liberty Institute and Greenberg Traurig, P.A. contend the Bible study group has every right  by law to use the social room for their weekly gathering.

“The Cambridge House Resolution, both in text and in application, is discriminatory and violates the Fair Housing Act because it prohibits Mrs. Dunbar and other Christian residents from accessing common condominium areas for any religious activity, while allowing other residents to use those same facilities for similar non-secular purposes,” attorney Adam Foslid wrote in the complaint.

Dr. Ben Carson, in charge of the Housing and Urban Development Department, has been notified by the lawsuit. I have a sneaking suspicion that these morons are going to regret this unlawful and horrific decision.

I urge you to call and or write and share your disgust. It is always by mass protest directly to these idiots that causes them to reverse their insane course.

It seems like a slam dunk case for the religious residents. If management allows residents to play poker in the social room, they should also allow folks to hold a Bible study.

I’m putting my money on the church ladies.

The complaint asks for HUD to investigate the matter and take all appropriate actions. Read the entire HUD complaint by clicking here.

Learn more about this case at FirstLiberty.org/Dunbar.

About First Liberty Institute
First Liberty Institute is a non-profit public interest law firm and the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious freedom for all Americans.

To arrange an interview, contact Lacey McNiel at [email protected] or by calling 972-941-4453.

 

 

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