D.C. church protests bike lane because it infringes on 'religious freedom'

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WWJD? Not ride a bicycle, apparently.

A Washington D.C. church is protesting a city proposal to add bike lanes in front of their building on the grounds that it infringes on their freedom of religion.


In a 7-page letter to the city obtained by the Greater Greater Washington blog, a law firm representing the United House of Prayer for All People of the Church on the Rock of the Apostolic Faith argues taking out a lane of car traffic on 6th Street in front of the church would infringe on "its constitutionally protected rights of religious freedom and equal protection of the laws."

The Washington Post points out the proposal is part of a traffic study that won't be complete until the end of 2015, and that no decisions have been made yet.

How do we get from bike lane to religious persecution? Well the bike lane would make car traffic and parking at "God's White House," as the church apparently calls itself, more difficult. Less free. Thus, freedom of religion is affected.

If you take the church's argument to its logical conclusion, anything that in some way limits your ability to get to church is also unconstitutional. That's right: Brunch is unconstitutional.

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