posted on May, 28 2009 @ 03:14 PM
Ultimately, we have to accept that the state of California can, and will, institute such laws and policies as their constituent citizens allow.
These people have the right of redress. They can easily appeal this citation, or regulation with the local courts and it will no doubt be nullified
(especially if a jury is involved.)
However, the fact that someone felt the need to report this to the authorities is telling of information we may not be aware of. Perhaps they are
loud, perhaps they present a traffic hazard when they all arrive in the neighborhood. It is possible that these people, no matter how inconsequential
the reason, were being a public nuisance.
Taking this possibility to it's logical conclusion, it is possible that the officials were not specifically interested in the 'nature' of their
gathering, but its form. If the official made reference to the religious aspect of it, it may have been to inform them that their activities were
disrupting the local population somehow (maybe they were too loud, or creating difficulties.)
I will not vilify the state until more details are made available, only because I have seen people 'use' their constitutionally legal rights to
justify an imposition on other people that they care less about than themselves.
If however, there is truth the the accusation that California, or a county or town, is simply trying to increase their revenue by dubious bureaucratic
means, then they should be be both ashamed, and punished.
Freedom of assembly, and freedom to worship are NOT negotiable in this country.... except when 'free-speech' zones are implemented by
quasi-fascists. Then we are all diminished to serfdom.