Cease and Desist: Town Orders Family to Stop Holding Bible Studies

Cease and Desist: Town Orders Family to Stop Holding Bible Studies

A Pennsylvania family in a Pittsburg suburb has been ordered by local officials to stop using their property to host Bible studies and other Christian events.

Officials from Sewickley Heights Borough, located 15 miles west of Pittsburgh, served Scott and Terri Fetterolf with a cease and desist order last October to stop them from using their 35-acre property to host religious activities, which includes Bible studies, worship events, religious retreats, religious fundraisers, picnics and weddings. The Fetterolfs and the prior owner have held such activities for decades on the 35-acre farm property.

“The borough has no business overseeing a group of people reading and discussing a book together on private property — even if that book is the Bible,” Randall Wenger, chief counsel for the Independence Law Center, which is representing the couple, said in a statement posted by Pennsylvania Family Institute on its website.

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