Pastor Facing $100 a Day Fine for Helping Homeless Women and Children on His Own Church’s Property

pastor-finesBy Matt Agorist

Proving once again that the state has no interest in helping people, the state of Delaware is attacking a pastor who would dare attempt to help the homeless. Pastor Aaron Appling of Victory Church West in Dover is being threatened with a $100 per day fine by county officials for allowing a 21-year-old homeless woman to live in an RV in the back of the church property.

Because Appling didn’t go through the right channels of extortion and get his own property approved by the government to do with it what he wishes, officials are promising to extort him.

According to NBC Philadelphia, Kent County officials sent Appling a letter stating his church isn’t zoned to let homeless people stay on the property. The letter warns that if the church doesn’t act quickly, they could be fined $100 a day.

To be clear, a fine is backed by the threat of violence from the state for non-payment. If Appling continues to be a good Samaritan by providing a woman with shelter and refuses to pay the $100 per day fine, he will receive a visit from armed agents of the state demanding payment.

If Appling refuses to pay the extortion fees to these armed agents, they will attempt to kidnap and cage him. If Appling resists his kidnappers, he will have violence enacted against him, and he could be legally killed.

Alexis Simms, a 21-year-old homeless mom who is battling lupus, has nowhere to go — and, the state is attempting to take the only thing she has positive in her life right now — pastor Appling’s kindness.

“We want to stand up for her,” Appling said. “Because there is nobody else to stand up for her.”

Because the state needs to have a piece of red tape and a related fee declaring the church property a ‘campground,’ Simms could soon find herself back on the street. Again, to be clear, by ‘rezoning’ Appling’s own property as a ‘campground’ nothing actually changes. This is simply a means by which the state can collect money from its citizens.

According to NBC Philadelphia, while county officials said the church can apply for re-zoning to make the land a campground, Appling says it would be too expensive. He’s hoping the church and the county can reach a compromise before the fines begin.

Helping a homeless mother is not the only ‘crime’ the church has been accused of either. Last month, Appling announced a plan to build multiple tiny homes on his property to provide shelter for those in need. And, again, their good deed was quickly swatted down by the bureaucratic hand of government.

The good news is, the church is showing no signs of backing down. Instead of paying the fees, they are seeking to change the law entirely to put an end to such a tyrannical practice. We wish them luck in their endeavors.

“We have to choose at some point in time as believers who we’re going to stand for and help,” Appling said. “We’re not against them we’re just choosing we need to help this person more than we need to be pleasing to you.”

Matt Agorist is the co-founder of, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. . and now on Steemit

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16 Comments on "Pastor Facing $100 a Day Fine for Helping Homeless Women and Children on His Own Church’s Property"

  1. There was another woman who was quoted saying.
    ” If you are not there for me, when they come in the middle of the night, who wil be there for you when they come in the morning”.

  2. What a disgusting government we have on all levels…

    Always be a light that is shininginthedark

  3. Could she ask for the church for sanctuary? Would that make it so they can’t force her off the property or from inside the church?

  4. And the US government spends billion overseas to feed and house people. State governments spend million housing blacks and wet back BUT he cannot,o wait, he did not get the governments permission

  5. Figures.
    Hope it ends well.
    GL. Pastor Aaron Appling of Victory Church West in Dover

    and GOD bless.

    DAN JONES says it all!

  6. The city is trying to force him into contracting as a campground. Absolute non-sense. If this is a true church it is sovereign territory under state law–at least a certain amount of area is. The pastor could simply “agree” to contract with the city the instant they agree on the amount of compensation under eminent domain for restricting the use of the property.

  7. All governments are the instruments of psychopaths.

  8. can’t be true!!! “”” If Appling refuses to pay the extortion fees to these armed agents, they
    will attempt to kidnap and cage him. If Appling resists his kidnappers,
    he will have violence enacted against him, and he could be legally

  9. Taking care of business! | October 13, 2016 at 3:25 am |

    At judgement, the Lord shall remember this pastor and his doing the Lord’s work and the Kent County officials, each in a different way. The pastor was right: obey Caesar, unless it is contrary to God’s commands.

  10. What do you think? Could this have ever occurred under the 17th-century Colonial governments of, by, and for God established upon His unchanging moral law ? Of course not!

    Consequently, there must be a definitive moment in America’s history when her Christian character and biblical course were formally altered. That point was in 1787 when the constitutional framers replaced the 17th-century Christian Colonial governments for their own humanistic government of, by, and for the people based upon capricious man-made Enlightenment and Masonic traditions.

    For more regarding these two polar opposite forms of government, see online Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on my picture, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 3.

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    • Oh sure, if we have a problem today it’s the fault of the framers of the U.S. Constitution. Just ignore the generations of freedom and liberty Americans have enjoyed. Let’s just abolish it and see what happens to our children and grandchildren.

  11. Gregory Alan of Johnson | October 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm |

    Appling needs to send back the 501c3 permission paper he got from the IRS, dissolve the corporation formed to interface with the STATE OF muni-corp, then reform under 26 USC 508c1A as a true actual Church, then notice the STATE OF concerning this action and request them to notify the COUNTY OF/CITY OF as appointed fiduciaries. Not easy to do. Legal/lawful research is required, and most attorners don’t want anyone doing these kind of things.

  12. I hope they’re well armed, and prepared to defend themselves with deadly force, should armed thugs attempt to enforce such orders. Ordinarily I would agree that this should be handled peacefully, but I think we’re rapidly approaching a time when peaceful negotiations are inappropriate. Especially considering that so many lack any semblance of reason.

  13. I dont get it. People travel the whole country in RVs and they park it in front of a friends house for a while. A guest at your house isnt a campground so how can this be?

  14. This was back in October last year. Has there been a follow-up article? Would like to know what has happened since then.

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