Ever wonder how far the bureaucrats that run local government can go? Apparently, under the aegis of zoning and land use regulations, they can go pretty far.
What personal, non-business activity would be so bad that the zoning gestapo would need to investigate and interrogate homeowners? What if your neighbors hosted a weekly bible study in their homes? Would that need to be stopped by municipal officials? It was in San Diego. Read the whole sordid story here.
According to the article, the homeowners were asked the following questions by the Zoning Stasi:
- Do you have a regular meeting in your home?
- Do you say amen?
- Do you pray?
- Do you say praise the Lord?
These questions apparently define you or your group as a church in need of a zoning variance. Even if this was a church, and it is not, does the government (at any level) need to concern itself with the practice of religion in a home. There are other places in the world that take a dim view of such home churches.
While commercial activity certainly needs to be regulated in the proper locations, shouldn't city officials be more mindful of activities that are protected by the founding documents of our laws? Then again, I doubt the bureaucrats down at the P&Z department have read the constitution recently.