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Can I Pray In My Home With Friends?

Residents in Toronto are up in arms because a Sikh family invites dozens of people to their home for religious services. Two neighbors are furious because they look out their window and see cars parked on the street and people walking into a house where they will create incredible noise and disturbance by sitting quietly and praying. According to Angelo Gravina, “this subdivision is not zoned for religious services.” Right, if you want to pray to God head for the nearest church but God forbid you invite friends to join in prayer!

Naturally, government bodies are getting involved in this new dispute and writing reports and considering whether or not people can gather for prayers. We have zoning laws and restrictions and bureaucrats sitting in judgment where a human can pray. I wonder if people sat on their lawns and prayed if they would be breaking a law concerning public gatherings.
The owner of the home says quietly they do not party, they do not drink, they do not make noise, they simply sit quietly and pray.

Such is life in the 21st century.