Bible Study Grounds for Eviction?

A retired pastor wants to do a Bible study with his neighbors at a senior living community. The trouble is the community has told him he can’t do that and has reportedly threatened to evict him if he does.  Ken Hauge was conducting a Bible study in the common area of Evergreens at Smith Run in Fredericksburg, Virginia, until Community Realty Company, the owners of the establishment, instituted a policy “banning religious services or other religious activities” in the community room. Hauge then moved the Bible study into his apartment.  “The apartment complex has threatened to evict an elderly resident because he was leading a Bible study,” says attorney Lea Patterson of First Liberty. “The letter that they sent to him basically told him that he could not lead a Bible study either in the common area or in his own apartment.”

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