County wants church to get liquor license as condition of approval to operate

County wants church to get liquor license as condition of approval to operate

[Ed. – Yes, you read that right.  Northern Virginia (Prince William County).  This is made doubly absurd by the fact that the church in question is one that doesn’t even use wine for communion (it’s a “grape juice” church), much less sell or otherwise deal in liquor in any way.]

A church in northern Virginia is being asked by Prince William County – one of America’s richest counties in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. – to get a liquor license to function as a church on their property the way it lets breweries and wineries function. Think about the absurdity of that.

The church owned a piece of land that they wanted to operate on, so after going through the building and zoning permit process, they were told no – unless they obtained a liquor license. This church doesn’t even use wine in communion. Clearly, this was an attempt by the county to get revenue from a church — and to keep a tax-exempt church from occupying pricy real estate with significant potential tax revenues for the county. The church would be tax-exempt at the local, state, and federal level.

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