A California legal group insists it is unlawful for a county to
Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship in Temecula is preparing to file
a lawsuit against Riverside County in response to the ban keeping
churches out of the Temecula Wine Country. A public hearing will be
held on August 22 to decide on churches in the region.
Christian Newswire reports that
Pastor Clark Van Wick of Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship met with
vintners and was told, "We don't want your kind out here." But Bob
Tyler of Advocates for
Faith & Freedom says there is no justification for
"Temecula Wine Country is currently excluding churches for no
real apparent justification," he asserts. "We believe that churches
should be permitted in the zones, particularly when the zone allows
wineries and other facilities to host weddings and concerts and
other events that really resemble religious functions as well."
The church received permission in 1999 to model its building and
build a new facility at the location. But shortly after that, the
county passed a law banning churches from Wine Country.
Churches in the area have submitted more than 3,000 letters to
the county asking it to overturn the ban.