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Church Property - Part 2
A California court ruled that a disruptive church member’s legal rights were not violated by a court order banning her from church property.
Key point 7-17. Churches do not have to tolerate persons who disrupt religious services. Church leaders can ask a court to issue an order barring the disruptive person from the church's premises. If the person violates the order, he or she may be removed from church premises by the police, and may be found to be in contempt of court.
Removing Disruptive Individuals

* A California court ruled that a disruptive church member's legal rights were not violated by a court order banning her from church property. A member (Janet) of a church disagreed with how the pastor and others were guiding the church. For nearly three years Janet engaged in disruptive conduct on church premises. On occasion, she entered the church building and followed certain members, shouting that they were adulterers, agents of Satan, and demon-worshipers. She shouted at the pastor and other church leaders, calling them Satan's agents because they allowed divorced and remarried persons to participate in church ministries. Members of the young adult ministry were so intimidated by her conduct that they met secretly; those wishing to attend had to dial a central telephone number to learn the time and location of the meeting.

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Posted: November 1, 2005
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