Hey, I'm in need of some advice everyone, I'm kinda new to this site so I'm not sure how to start a forum or blog that I can be assured people will see.
I live in a small apartment complex in Hesperia, CA, very religious part of CA, very hob nob, sort of place where if you don't go to the same church as everyone, you're probably not going to get the job, my gf was actually fired from her job as a High School teacher because she started the schools very first Gay & Straight alliance for the students who are homosexual. Of coarse they didn't say they were doing it for that reason, but, lot's of parents called in complaining and the Principal of that school is a very intense, pounding, preaching it in inappropriate places kinda guy.
Ok sorry, I know I'm rambling, here's my problem, I have been talking to one of my neighbors, a nice Vietnam vet who has very little family, so he zips around the complex on a motorized wheelchair sparking up friendly conversations with anyone who will lend him an ear. Some how the topic of religion came up, come to find out he considers himself agnostic, so now we have a fairly large common denominator, of sorts and we proceed to rap back and forth, sometimes for hours, I call BS on this scripture, or, that and he kinda does the same. Well a few of the other tenants over heard these conversations and were very offended, or so they say. Personally I'm not trying to upset people, but, these were very harmless, general conversations and if a tenant over heard something he, or, she did not like they are more than able and welcomed to stop eavesdropping, that, or they could always come join the convo and contest what I'm saying.
Well it turns out they like to play dirty, they complained to the front office. To date I have heard a rumor from a pretty solid acquaintance, who came to me without me telling him any of what happened and told me he was dropping his rent off when he overheard the manager and some of these rabble rousing tenants, she was telling them "If he wants to worship the devil than I will evict him and he can do it elsewhere" she than when onto say that this bldg needs nothing other than good moral Christians, not Devil worshiping Atheists.
I've heard it said before that there are certain groups that can defend a person against such wrongful eviction, if she serves me papers what should I do? I can't really afford to hire an attorney? where can I go to get help? do you think the ACLU would here me out?
Any help would be greatly appreciated, sorry again to troll this post, I'm a noob :(
Wow! That just stuns me. I know it shouldn't, but the fact that anyone in this day and age thinks they can evict you for not being an xtian is just bizarre to me! I don't know what you could do about it, maybe contact a lawyer?
Talk to a lawyer? Absolutely.
Also, get with the Freedom From Religion Foundation. They've provided serious muscle to cases such as yours multiple times and are very much worth having on your side.
Try to call in to the radio show Your Legal Rights. You can pose a question directly on the air and you can also talk to one of their bank of volunteer attorneys during the show hours. Also check out the Department of Consumer Affairs website section on tenant law. There are a lot of useful links in there, such as local housing advocacy organizations, what constitutes discrimination and what remedies and compensation you may be entitled to if your landlord breaks the law.
A funny reaction I got when asked about my religion, and I replied I'm an atheist:
"Awwwww... I like people like you!"
It wasn't so bad, I guess, but the phrase... People like me? Sounded a bit weird...