Zoning Laws Don’t Apply To Christians, Right?

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  • machintelligence

    Unfortunate as it may sound, churches are a use by right in most zoning designations.

  • Elan
  • M J Shepherd

    Possibly most, but in researching for this cartoon I used Hemant’s post about Salman’s “church” and several other instances around the country that revealed that there are conflicts between zoning and churches going on regularly enough that many churches are yammering about being held back from their freedom of religion because of zoning.

  • http://dogmabytes.com/ C Peterson

    I’ve never lived in any such place. It is common for residential zoning to allow limited church-like uses (that is, to exempt these from the home-as-business restrictions). But most localities are able to exert zoning control over churches when they are formal or large enough to affect utilities, health and safety, parking, traffic flow, etc. And most can limit the construction of an actual church building in residential areas.

  • jdm8

    Religious uses often get more exceptions,and are often allowed in a lot more zoning designations, but that doesn’t mean they are free from zoning restrictions, and it certainly doesn’t mean they can misrepresent usage to a zoning board.

  • Miko

    Technically, no one really has to follow the laws.  If we all stand together in opposition to the law, the government will lose its ability to impose the law upon us.

  • http://dogmabytes.com/ C Peterson

    Anarchy, you mean?

  • M J Shepherd

    That’s very interesting that you think it possible or preferable.

  • Mouse

    ok, why cockroaches?

  • M J Shepherd

    They’ve also been called trashcans with eyestalks by some of my detractors. I’ve just been drawing them as a simplistic means to an end.

    If I may get technical, they’re anthromorphic alien slugs, but that hardly matters much.