Town Fines Church For Housing the Homeless

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania town and a local church
are throwing the books at each other.

For the town of Brookville, the book is the law. Solicitor Stephen French has taken the church to court for housing the homeless in a commercial district. He says that violates borough zoning regulations.

But the Reverend Jack Wisor, who heads the First Apostles Doctrine Church, says the book he follows -- the Bible -- requires him to help the needy.

A judge fined Wisor $500 in August for allowing three homeless
men to live in the 111-year-old church parsonage. Wisor appealed
the fine, and a hearing is scheduled for November.

Brookville is about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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