A Retired Pastor was threatened with eviction for hosting bible study at senior living center!

A Christian couple in Virginia have filed a lawsuit against the owners of a senior living apartment complex, after they claim they were evicted from the premises for hosting...

A Christian couple in Virginia have filed a lawsuit against the owners of a senior living apartment complex, after they claim they were evicted from the premises for hosting weekly Bible studies.

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Kenneth and Liv Hauge, both in their 80s, have accused Community Realty of housing discrimination after they were forced to leave their residence at the Evergreens at Smith Run complex in Fredericksburg.

Retired Lutheran Minister Kenneth would host the classes in the complex’s community room with the help of Liv, but the couple were allegedly ordered to leave if they didn’t stop.

Living at the facility since 2017, the couple say building management discriminated against them – first by banning anyone from saying grace before their meal, and then barring the Bible study meetings.

Retired Minister Kenneth claims the couple were evicted from their residence at the Evergreens at Smith Run complex in Fredericksburg for hosting Bible study

Retired Minister Kenneth claims the couple were evicted from their residence at the Evergreens at Smith Run complex in Fredericksburg for hosting Bible study

Kenneth would host the classes in the complex¿s community room, but the couple were allegedly ordered to leave if they didn¿t stop

Kenneth would host the classes in the complex’s community room, but the couple were allegedly ordered to leave if they didn’t stop


‘The management company’s hostility to religious residents violates federal law and taints Virginia’s long history of religious freedom,’ said Lea Patterson, associate counsel for First Liberty Institute, which filed the lawsuit to Fox News.

‘We’re asking the court to hold the management company accountable for violating the Hauges’ right to exercise their faith in their home and to ensure no other residents have to suffer through what the Hauges have endured.’

Community Realty however claims they received a number of complaints from other residents, who said the couple had been harassing them and pressuring them to join Bible study.

The couple have since left the Evergreens at Smith Run complex in Fredericksburg, having lived there for two years

The couple have since left the Evergreens at Smith Run complex in Fredericksburg, having lived there for two years

Community Realty claims they received a number of complaints from other residents, who said Kenneth and his wife Liv had been harassing and pressuring them to join the group

Community Realty claims they received a number of complaints from other residents, who said Kenneth and his wife Liv had been harassing and pressuring them to join the group

Living at the facility since 2017, the couple say building management discriminated against them ¿ first by banning anyone from saying grace before their meal, and then barring the Bible study meetings.

Living at the facility since 2017, the couple say building management discriminated against them – first by banning anyone from saying grace before their meal, and then barring the Bible study meetings.

Hauge however insists the complaints were just a huge misunderstanding.

‘This was a mixed group. Protestants of all stripes and Roman Catholics and I don’t know who else. We didn’t make that a point. It was open to anybody that wanted to participate and was welcome to do so,’ he told FOX affiliate WTTG.

First Liberty said it has requested the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to look into whether Community Realty practices religious discrimination.

According to Kenneth, Liv allegedly attempted to take the issue up with the building management company directly, but to no avail.

‘It seems to me so obvious why people should be free to express their basic convictions, their basic understanding of philosophical, theological, culturally without any limitations,’ Kenneth said.

‘I believe we are guaranteed that right by law and I think that’s enough reason to stand our ground on it.’

Source: dailymail.com

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