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Couple facing eviction for holding Bible study in their apartment

A religious liberties rights group has intervened on behalf of an elderly couple facing eviction for holding a Bible study in their Fredericksburg, Virginia apartment because it was classified as a business activity.

Semi-retired Lutheran minister Ken Hauge and his wife, Liv, received a registered letter in August threatening eviction for allegedly breaching the terms of their lease at The Evergreens at Smith Run. 

The dispute capped off a long-running disagreement that began with the Hauges having to call their planned Bible study in the development’s community room a “book review” discussion. 

Management then withdrew support for a resident social because someone said grace over the meal, declaring that and religious activity in the community room violate federal law. Subsequently, the Hauges moved the Bible study to their apartment.

The First Liberty Institute has sent a demand letter to the realty company’s legal firm. It said the couple—in their mid-80s—had faced verbal harassment from one resident and continuing obstruction of their religious rights by management.

“Evicting elderly residents from their home for holding a Bible study is not only outrageous, it’s illegal,” said Lea Patterson, associate counsel for First Liberty. 


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