“For holding a weekly Bible study for a dozen or so Christian women in her Denver home, a Denver woman received a cease-and-desist order from the Denver zoning administration.

“It read, ‘Prayer meeting are held more than once a month in the single-unit dwelling…in violation of the cited section.’

“Mrs. Reiter and her husband, David, filed a federal lawsuit last week accusing Denver of violating their constitutional rights.

“Orders like this can apply to book clubs, ‘Monday night Football’ parties, or even poker games.

“But the Reiters' complaint says the director of the zoning board of appeals told them hosting a weekly book club, rather than a weekly prayer meeting, would probably be ‘no problem.’”

—Janet Parshall of the Family Research Council in an Aug. 19 statement.