Rabbi Could Lose home in Fight to Pray
By WDBO's Jeff Marshall
A battle over an Orange County code could cost a religious leader his home.
We've been following Rabbi Joseph Konikov's fight with that code since 2001. He holds a weekly prayer service in his home, something expressly forbidden by the county.
The Rabbi's attorney, John Stemberger, says a law that protects Monday night football parties but outlaws religion could have far reaching implications.He says the code unfairly targets religious services and that's why the challenging it in court. A U.S. district judge in Orlando threw out the challenge this week, but they're fighting on.
The county attorney's office says they're worrying about the parking situation in his Sand Lake Hills neighborhood. The fifty dollars per service fines have amounted to almost thirty thousand dollars so far. The county could foreclose on the Rabbi's home to collect, but they say they won't, until the legal challenge is done.