Watch out if your worship team plays music too loud and gets the attention of neighbors. This is from Special Report with Britt Hume…
A Michigan church has filed a federal lawsuit after police officers and a prosecutor barged in without a warrant.The officers say they were responding to complaints from neighbors who said the church’s music was too loud.
But Faith Baptist Church in Waterford alleges its freedom of religious expression, freedom of speech and freedom of association were violated. Richard Thompson — president of a Christian law firm representing the church – says, "They were not invited. They burst into the church. Unless they had an arrest warrant or a search warrant, they had no right to go there except for worship.”
But Prosecutor Walter Bedell says, "The whole issue is not the type of music — it’s the music and the volume…"
Township Supervisor Carl Solden added, "I would think ‘love thy neighbor’ would enter into this somewhere."
This is even more interesting if you are in the worship team from www.crosswalk.com…
The matter with police began during a Wednesday night youth service in October 2007 when uniformed police officers led by Bedell entered the church’s sanctuary where the church’s band was practicing, according to the lawsuit.
Bedell then ordered police to take down the names and addresses of all the people on the stage so they could be charged with disorderly conduct.
Wow! If you see me in a mug shot someday for this, that would be cool, eh?