On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Will church bells become illegal?

Christians in the United Kingdom have freedom of religion and free speech. However, they are finding themselves under attack. A Christian legal organization in the United Kingdom reported a skirmish victory in the war against Christians and their churches – the demand that they essentially be silent in their worship.

The Christian Legal Centre in the United Kingdom reported a few months ago a “last-minute out of court settlement” that would allow a 600-member church in London to continue its worship. The Lambeth Council previously had issued a noise abatement notice to the All Nations Centre in Kensington which prevented the church from ringing church bells or using any amplification for its worship music and its pastor’s preaching.


The noise abatement order was issued without warning or discussion. The church had been in the same location for more than 45 years.

British attorney Onn Sein Kon said he has noticed an increasing number of attacks on churches because someone can hear the worship.

“What is really going on here is action by secularists to try and restrict Christian freedom and expression in this country. We will do all we can at the Christian Legal Centre to oppose such discrimination.

“Regrettably, our case load is increasing with councils issuing noise abatement notices as a means of curtailing or closing churches in London,” Kon said. “Success in this case sends out a clear message that this method will not work. These churches are vibrant and growing and play a critical part in their communities.”


Immanuel House of Worship in London, also has been silenced because the sound of its worship drew a complaint from a single Muslim neighbor. The church was targeted by a noise abatement order even though local government officials had tested – and approved – its sound plan.

Phoenix pastor convicted and sentenced

In the U.S., a battle over a church’s “noise” also developed in Phoenix, Arizona, where three worship centers now have brought legal action against the city after the Rev. Rick Painter of Christ the King Church was convicted and sentenced to three years probation and a 10-day suspended jail sentence for ringing his church’s electronic chimes.

A lawsuit was filed by the Alliance Defense Fund on behalf of Painter and his congregation – and was joined by St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Parish and the First Christian Church . Their complaint notes that city officials wrote into the noise ordinance an exemption allowing ice cream trucks to play loud music but refused to include a similar exemption for church bells.


Nevertheless, Painter was convicted on the strength of one Muslim neighbor’s complaint.

“Churches shouldn’t be punished for ringing their church bells,” said attorney Erik Stanley. “The law is being abused to silence a form of worship that has peacefully sounded throughout the streets of our nation since its founding. No one should be sentenced to jail and probation for doing what churches have traditionally done throughout history, especially when the sound of the church’s bells does not exceed the noise level that the law allows for ice cream trucks.”

The Alliance Defense Fund earlier had battled in San Francisco over orders there that a team of Christians who were doing street theater and concerts turn down their volume. Christian evangelists who were preaching on street corners and in city parks were cited for their noise even though in one incident, authorities refused to cite another group that was using an 80-watt amplifier only 15 feet away from the Christians.


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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sarah

    Even before I converted back to Christianity, and was leaning more towards Paganism, I never once found the sound of church bells to be offensive in any way. I always thought the bells were a pretty instrument, and if they go off on the hour like some do, they’re damned useful! Church Bells, Mosque Bells…I don’t care one way or the other.
    Even now being extremely liberal in my politics, I still don’t care. Being an American and watching what goes on around here, there are about a trillion other problems that deserve our attention as a whole, especially over redundant fights like these.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lorraine

    Please , enough noise pollution. Give our heads a rest. I don’t even know why they ring them anymore. they ring all hours all days!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment terry harmon

    I think this is an issue for GOD himselk to take care of. When the man nextdoor to claims that the church bells are way to loud , then why is not to loud for a firetruck or police car to loud? Or why isn’t to loud for the local airplane flying overhead from such in such airline full of people to loud? These questions and many more are asked each day. The thing about the muslim man next door to a church or down the the street complain in the above storey that he cmplain to the law about the bells are way to loud.

    Then why did the man move there if he knew the church was there.The BIBLE tells us that in the last days that there will days like this. But there will be that till Jesus returns.God isn’t dead and he is making plans for the return of Jesus and that’s how it is.Why are people having such a hard time with the fact Christians have rights too. Just as much as the JEWS or Muslims or the hinduism or any other faith. There are lots of searching questions out there. People just want to live their lives as they want,but they complain that anything to do with GOD ,OR ME OR YOU PRAYING IN JESUS’S NAME. God sent down the ten laws he wanted the early Jews to live by. But there will always be people that those laws do not apply to them. IF GOD SAID IT AND I BELIEVE IT AND IT IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.

  • http://WhathappenedtotheLibertyBell? Mary

    How Low can you go? Is there anything about religion that could be complained about just to cause problems. We have so much more going on in this world right now that its quite interesting that we throw church bells in the mix with noise polution. What happened to the noise pollution when the Bell of Freedom Rang? If there are those who don’t beleive in religion and freedom then why are you here? There are many third world countries that you can hang out at that follow your thoughtlessness of others. For ages I have wondered why persons of nonbelief of anyones rights only there own, are allowed to cause issue in a land that was created on the bases of “FREEDOM OF RELIGION”.

  • http://ChurchBellsoffensive?!!REALLY!!!GETALIFE!!! Lottie

    Are you freakin’ serious?!! If it REALLY bothers them that much, maybe they should sit down & take a long look at themselves, rather than blaming something so innocent as a Church Bell! What guilt do they have so deeply embedded into their soul that the mere ringing of a Church Bell can stop them dead in their tracks?! Maybe, rather than taking the easy way out, they should do a little soul surching of their own instead of ruining it for the people that do actually have self-respect! Do you actually believe that by getting rid of Church Bells that that’s gonna keep you from being damned to hell for all of eternity, simply because you don’t have the God-given strength to ask for forgiveness?!! WOW!!! HOW PATHETIC ARE YOU?!! Maybe your the one who should be gotten rid-of, you yourself is the one that doesn’t deserve to make noise & take up space on God’s green earth! I really hope that God blesses you because you truly need it!

  • http://theyshouldleaveitalone. kristyanne

    They should leave the bells alone it tells what time church is.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Smith

    Another concession to the Muslim world. Jesus when will you return and put and end to man’s religions? God have mercy on us as we are weak and you are strong.

  • George B Vieto

    Church ringing bells are music to my ears compared to listening to rap or rock music being played out loud from people driving their cars on the street.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment William

    Lorraine I can sympathize with you those Church Bells do ring on Sunday mornings and maybe you need your rest If they disturbe you I apologize.However there is nothing I can do about that SUV going down the street with base music so loud it vibrates my windows but just like the Church Bells they only last a few minutes and are not worth creating a fuss. Maybe tolerance is in order for us all.
    Terry Harmon I agree with you to a point that point being If God said it that settles it reguardless of whether you believe it or not.
    It is going to be a sad day when JESUS does return for a lot of people my prayers are with you that you wont wait too long to accept him and spend eternity in HELL whether you believe it exist or not.I had rather believe it does and make arrangements to miss it than to believe it doesn’t exist and wake up there. The decision is ours Heaven or Hell we choose.Good luck and may God have mercy on us all.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment ramona

    what is wrong with people these days, i rather listen to bells ringing than to cars playing their loud music, planes flying, and all other noise polution. its beautiful to hear them ringing!!!!!!!!

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