Board Overseeing Florida Condo Building Bans Bible Study, Christian Music in Commons Areas

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The board overseeing a condominium building in Florida has adopted a resolution that prohibits religious gatherings from being held in the commons areas. A sign has now also been placed on a piano prohibiting residents from playing Christian music.

According to reports, the board of Cambridge House, managed by Gateway Group, recently passed a rule without notice that “Prayers and other religious services, observations, or meetings of any nature shall not occur … in or upon any of the common elements.”

The board also asked that all religious-themed items be removed from the premises, which resulted in several residents of Cambridge House removing the crosses from their doors. Two statues were also removed from the building, and a sign was placed on the lobby piano that read in all capital letters, “ANY AND ALL CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS BANNED!”

One resident, a Seventh Day Adventist lay minister, was issued a letter that informed her that she could no longer hold Bible studies in the social room, one of the commons areas.

“At the board of directors meeting on February 16, 2018, the attached resolution was adopted. The result of this resolution prohibits Bible study meetings in the social room effective [immediately],” the letter read.

Now, the religious liberties organization First Liberty has filed a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is asking for Secretary Ben Carson to rectify the matter.

“The board’s failure to include the Cambridge House resolution in the posted meeting agenda or otherwise notify the condominium owners of the proposed resolution constitutes a violation of [Florida law],” the complaint states.

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“More importantly, however, this lack of notice resulted in many interested condominium owners … not attending the meeting—at all of in its entirety—and having no opportunity to speak out against or oppose the proposed resolution.”

It also asserts that the board’s actions violate federal housing laws because it singles out religion for exclusion.

“The Cambridge House resolution, both in text and in application, is discriminatory and violates the Fair Housing Act because it prohibits … Christian residents from accessing common condominium areas for any religious activity, while allowing other residents to use those same facilities for similar secular purposes,” the letter outlines.

“The resolution poses no obstacle to a group meeting in the social room to study a secular book, watch a secular movie, listen to secular music, or carry on an organized secular discussion, but it prohibits … condominium residents from meeting in the social room to study a religious book, watch a religious program, listen to religious music, or even participate in a conversation about their religious faith,” it explains.

First Liberty has requested an investigation into the matter. Game and movie nights are reportedly still being allowed in the commons areas, but not religious activity.

Read the complaint, as well as the adopted resolution, here in full. 

Gateway Group, which owns Cambridge House, has declined to comment on the matter.


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  • HM8432

    …but if you’re a Muslim, we’ll do EVERYTHING to accommodate you and your beliefs!

    • james blue

      “Prayers and other religious services, observations, or meetings of any nature shall not occur … in or upon any of the common elements.”

      +What in that statement leads you to your conclusion?

    • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

      Sadly that the truth.

    • Kristi Michele

      Truth! Because Islam is a lie, therefore not a threat to the dark forces.

  • bowie1

    Prejudice/Bigotry coming to roost at this condiminium!

    • wandakate

      What about DISCRIMINATION…Can we add that?

      • bowie1

        Yes.

        • wandakate

          If I may ask what was the “YES” in regards to specifically? Thanks!
          Christian discrimination is a form of Christian persecution or harassment of Christians in general which it looks like is the case here…

          • bowie1

            Pretty much everything you said.

  • Brand New Key

    Probably had one smelly little atheist (probably gay) on the condo board. They love to weasel themselves into positions where they can discriminate.

  • Fang

    We can predict the sequel to this bigotry episode: some Christian will host a Bible study in their home, and the same bigots who prohibited religious meetings in the public spaces will claim that the Bible study is leading to traffic and parking issues in the condos. This has happened already in other locations. They can’t exterminate Christianity (yet), so they just needle and harass in any ways they can, always finding some legal pretext for their bigotry.

    • wandakate

      People with any common sense at all will find out what the rules and regulations are that have been set there by the board, and if they have any religious convictions etc. they will NOT move there PERIOD!!! I don’t know how they are getting away with making those rules (DISCRIMINATION) is actually a form of Christian Persecution, which is happening more and more everywhere, even now here in the USA.
      Their common area is just that “COMMON”, meaning the common man can meet there if they wish to discuss various topics and watch videos (if there is a DVD player there), and anyone sitting down to that piano should be able to play classical, gospel, or any other type of music that they can play without being harassed in any manner.
      The building or the people on the board of directors are probably Atheist or Agnostics or maybe Muslims or some other people who don’t want anything to do with Christianity.

      Then let them fill their building with these people. ALL CHRISTIANS STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE AND BE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GETTING INTO BEFORE YOU SIGN THE BOTTOM LINE…

      What goes around will come around. Their judgment will come, and JESUS will be just and fair in it. He said “YOU ARE EITHER FOR ME OR AGAINST ME”.

      • Chet

        1000 thumbs up!

    • wandakate

      Misery loves company…Freedom of speech, Freedom of choice, Freedom to play music for other people’s enjoyment should be what it’s about. Apparently in this “prison” like condo place, it’s nothing like that. Discrimination against Christians looks like what this has become.

  • james blue

    Perhaps the owners are not Christian and don’t want their property turned into a make shift church.

    • wandakate

      People can have their Bible studies inside their own condo if they choose and I don’t think there is anything they can do about that. I doubt that it would turn into any kind of a make shift church. People that want to go to church will go whenever and wherever they desire outside of that building so that is likely not to happen.

      • james blue

        this isn’t inside their own condo, this is in a building owned by the condo operators.

        • wandakate

          I understand that completely. But regardless of what kind of building it is or where it is…it’s certainly NOTHING at all that I would ever be interesting in living in. CHRISTIANS BEWARE! Read my comment to Fang. which is a few above this one and it explains what I said more clearly.

    • Chet

      The church is comprised of blood washed believers in the Lord Jesus Christ of Calvary, not any building…

      • james blue

        Sigh

      • wandakate

        That is very true Chet, however remember that JESUS Himself warned us that we would be persecuted.
        Matthew 5:1-12 is the sermon on the mount, where He said…”Blessed are ye when men shall REVILE you and PERSECUTE you and SAY ALL MANNER OF EVIL AGAINST YOU FALSELY for my sake”. But then He continued with…”REJOICE and be exceedingly glad for GREAT is your “reward” in heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” So we know that the prophets were persecuted back then and so we are being now. We were duly warned and need to heed it b/c it’s happening all over more and more. Pay attention and you will see.
        These people that own this condo building or the board of “rulers” than run the place are such people that believe it’s okay to harass Christians and persecute them.

        • Chet

          Great post, Wandakate! And the reason Christians face so much persecution is because many, if not most, will not dare to be a Daniel or John Baptist and take a stand as opposed to rolling over in the face of adversity. Thus, Christians and Jews are easy targets, sorta like conscientious objectors. You’ll note there is no persecution of things Muslim as the would be persecutors wouldn’t dare knowing full well the backlash from Muslims themselves in concert with fake news leftist media……

          • wandakate

            Appreciate the kind words. Apparently james blue underneath this comment did not when he replied to you SIGH…
            Chet…you must be boring james. I am even more so. Oh well, ho hum, it’s not the end of the world is it? Never could figure out why people that are bored with our comments on a CHRISTIAN website bother to even be on here, possibly just to harass somebody else. They must have nothing more to do.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            They love to harass Christians. I guess it has to do with the hate they feel for us.

          • wandakate

            Probably so, however we must pray for those who persecute us and use us and say all manner of evil against us. They don’t know what they’re doing. They are afraid, and in need of a Savior, b/c they can’t save themselves. They are empty on the inside, and don’t realize it. They have no peace (the kind that only GOD can offer them). They are miserable, wretched souls (people) therefore they are to be pitied. All they can say is SIGH! If they’re bored, then they need to stop reading our comments and find a website that is more suited to their taste.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            I agree we must pray for them big time. And also pray for the ones they hate as well. Who know what will happen before they take their last breath. Please pray for then as I also pray for them.

          • wandakate

            JESUS said He didn’t want any of the least of them to perish (for eternity) and they will if they don’t accept Him, of course many people don’t believe that. But whether or not they believe, doesn’t change the fact that there is just one heaven (the Kingdom of GOD) and one hell (the kingdom of satan and the demons) and they are the only choices. It’s pretty cut and dry, b/c it’s just one or the other. Judgement will come and it’s JESUS that has been appointed to be the judge of mankind. Whether they like it or not they will face him one on one for their judgment of how they lived in this life. We ALL need to recognize our faults/sins. We MUST confess them, repent of them and then forsake them to be forgiven completely…
            Hopefully these people will come to their senses b4 it’s too late.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            I hope they will one day repent. That’s why we must pray for them.

          • wandakate

            That’s true and we also need to keep in mind our President who has publicly stated that he has nothing to repent for. He said if he didn’t do anything wrong then there wasn’t anything to repent for, but the Bible tells us that ALL (souls) have sinned and are in need of forgiveness. He won’t be forgiven without repentance. I wish he knew that, but maybe b4 he passes on, he will realize it and do it. Maybe he’ll lose some of his arrogance and humble himself b4 GOD who only can forgive him for his sins.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            He’s another one to pray for. Pray that God will open hie eyes to see that even he needs to repent. Pray God will help him to understand what repenting is and that we all need to repent. Pray that God will show him the truth about repentance in time. For some they don’t want to repent because they don’t want to give up their sins.

          • Chet

            The Devil has blinded their eyes to the truth, yet, we who are saved, cleansed by the precious blood of Christ Jesus, are not ignorant of his devices. And we strive together to get the truth of the gospel out to the lost whenever and however we can. God bless, Wandakate..

      • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

        Amen.

  • Chet

    However, so authorized, rap, hip hop, heavy metal and modern so called country music trash…

    • wandakate

      You left out a few, but it doesn’t matter. Music is good for the senses, and can have a calming/distressing effect on people. Whatever music they want to play is welcome apparently except for Gospel Music and that’s not wanted. DISCRIMINATION !!!