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The sign was not very hard to miss: “ANY AND ALL CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS BANNED.”
That message was posted on an organ located in a commons area of Cambridge House, a condo building in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Residents could belt out the theme song to “Frozen” or Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” but they were not permitted to sing “Amazing Grace.”
Residents were also allegedly told they could no longer host a weekly Bible study in the commons area, according to a Fair Housing complaint filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
On Feb. 6 Cambridge House passed a resolution “regarding religious observances on the common elements.”
“Prayers and other religious services, observations, or meetings of any nature shall not occur at meetings of the Association (Owner meetings, member meetings, committee meetings, or, otherwise) and shall not occur in or upon any of the common elements,” the resolution read.
According to First Liberty Institute, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases, the resolution led to a religious cleansing of the entire condo association. Residents removed decorative crosses from their doors and a decorative angel fountain was removed from a courtyard — along with a statue of St. Francis of Assisi.
The statue had been donated by a resident in memory of a dead family member, First Liberty Institute noted.
But perhaps the most egregious allegation involves Donna Dunbar, a devout Christian and a lay minister in the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
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