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.

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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5 Comments
  1. nancy says

    Sure, pick on the old folks.!!!! They think they can do just what ever the hell they want to when people are getting up there in age. It’s time some of these people were showed that they can’t get away with this. Write, call, text, Tweet, whatever to your state and government reps., and let them know how you feel about this discriminary action they have taken. It’s wrong and it should not be tolerated.

  2. Frank Toth says

    UNFLIPPIN BEIEVABLE!!

    SO THE MORONS,I MEAN MORMONS DID NOT HAVE THE DECENCY TO INFORM ALL THE RESIDENTS ABOUT THE CHANGE TO POLICY!!??? WTF!!!
    YES THEY SHOULD SUE THERE ARSES OFF!!, AND GET RID OF THE DIRECTORS WHO PUT THAT IN PLACE!
    DO THESE MORONS NOT KNOW THE LAW!!??
    WOW!! IT IS BECOMING LIKE THE OLD USSR!,YOU NEED TO SEND THIS FIGHT INFO TO TRUMP,ASAP!!!
    MAYBE HE WILL INTERVENE,AND GET THINGS BACK TO THE WAY THEY WERE.

    I AM NOT AMERICAN,BUT I FEEL FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE UNJUSTLY DEALT WITH.
    I WAS NOT AWARE THAT PRAYER WAS REMOVED FROM SCHOOLS IN 62′,WOW!!!

    DONNA,KEEP UP THE FIGHT,AND NEVER GIVE IN TO THESE MARXIST COMMUNISTS.
    ALL THE BEST,CHEERS
    NO WONDER THINGS ARE GOING DOWN HILL THERE!

  3. Betsy Scott says

    Someday I will need one of these centers and it will likely be in Florida – but this one would be crossed off my list at the start.
    I see nothing wrong with Christian music in our Christian Country or does the owner think we should all be Muslins? Then we could threaten all the Christians and Jews and that would probably be OK.

  4. Robert Carlyle Berrett says

    Gee, they are so lucky that I am not in residence at that facility because very shortly I would be president of the Board and I would hound those persons responsible for that rule out of the facility permanently and then they each would be deluged with numerous unending lawsuits. That’ s the ticket, folks, got to keep us retired lawyers busy with something when we are not singing and playing on the piano some of those great old Billy Graham Hymns starting with “How Great Thou Are” ” I Walk in the Garden Alone”, “He Lives”,…and then I would have special entertainment shows where I would entertain the groups with the Elvis hymns. Heck Too bad I am not old enough yet to join these joyful bunch of boobs on the “condo association”.

  5. Ken Senzig says

    Do not worry, Donna, Jesus said that “they hated ME before they hated you”! A curtain of prejudice and intimidation is closing over this land. witness the Christian coach that was threatened with jail if he EVEN BOWED HIS HEAD! When our overreaching supreme court threw prayer out of school in 1962, we as a nation started down a downward path toward ungodliness, which continues unabated today. Continue on in the LORD’S work, and there will be a crown awaiting you !!!

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