Over the last few weeks I posted about how one of our local Bible Study leaders from Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach, was stopped from conducting his study in one of the meeting rooms of a local library because of a L.A. County administrator’s misunderstanding of the term “separation of church and state.” I followed up this “misunderstanding” with an email to our lawyer, he wrote a letter and, like magic, the matter was resolved.
The Bible Study leader is a humble, gracious and unassuming man of God who was willing to let the whole matter slide, but I encouraged him to let me pursue this because if we didn’t, they might forbid other Christian groups from meeting in their private rooms, too. He agreed.
Here’s the kind email he sent to me (used with his permission):
Last night was our group’s first meeting at this library, since the “misunderstanding”! The meeting went well, and there was nothing unusual. The 3 library employees that I interacted with were all nice & professional, just like the first meeting. Pleasant surprises are nice to see, especially since you stepped in to defend this group. Thank you very much, Pastor Steve.