Thursday, September 22, 2011

I guess conservatives get to distort the truth too

This bothers me: San Juan Capistrano Fines Family for Reading Bible without Permit (link from Instapundit). What bothers me is not that the city is requiring a permit to read the bible, but that Reason is lying about what happened. If you read carefully, you will see that the family was having regular Bible studies with up to 50 people in a residential neighborhood.

Fifty people! That's enough to cause plenty of parking and other problems for their neighbors. Not only does that sound like a good reason to fine them, it sound like a good reason to censure them for being rude to their neighbors --even if they did get a permit.

3 comments:

Foxfier said...

The city is claiming up to 50, but the neighbors write letters to say that it hasn't been any problem? That smells fishy. (Looking around, it's apparently not a problem because they have lots of room for people to park on their PRIVATE property, rather than the street.)

For that matter, how the FRICK is a law about "a regular gathering of more than three people" even thought about, let alone on the books? Family dinner is regulated, what?

Or is it not on the books, and they're being charged with something that isn't a law? If the visitors are parking on their property and not causing problems-- which is suggested by the way that they're not being charged with noise violations, or ticketed for causing a hazard-- it sounds like the city is pulling a shady one, and Reason isn't lying. Writing a sensationalist headline, but not lying.

This isn't in a vacuum.

Foxfier said...

http://g.co/maps/325d4

The "residential area" they're worried about. (Used whitepages.com to find Fromm in that town.)

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