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Home meetings restricted in VA

The Commonwealth of Virginia was once the bastion for ideals such as freedom of religion and the right to assemble. Now look.

Will your state be next to require permits and  limit the number of attendees?

Virginia Beach has agreed to consider giving a group of Buddhist monks a permit to hold worship services at their home. The tentative agreement would settle a federal lawsuit the monks filed against the city in September after complaints about traffic prompted the City Council to shut down their services. City officials filed a stipulation of settlement yesterday in U.S. District Court. The proposed permit would limit Sunday meditation services at the home to no more than 20 people at a time. Festivals wouldn’t be allowed but the city agreed to help the monks to find another location.

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 17, 2009

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