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Thu Oct 29, 2015, 01:19 PM

Neighbors challenge church's rodeo arena

Neighbors challenge church's rodeo arena

Todd Unger, WFAA 11:15 p.m. CDT October 28, 2015

DENTON COUNTY A feud over a 61,000-square-foot rodeo arena for a house of worship is now headed to a court of law.

Neighbors living next door to the Denton County Cowboy Church recently filed an amended lawsuit against the 800-person congregation in an attempt to halt construction of a massive rodeo arena being built behind the church.

A courtroom showdown is set for November. ... Meanwhile, folks like Pete Schmitz are left starting at the partially-enclosed, partially-constructed structure, which is about 100 feet from a row of homes on Madison Place.



Pete Schmitz looks at the new rodeo arena being erected at the Denton County Cowboy Church next door. (Photo: WFAA)

"We first noticed everything start in February," he said. "When we talked to the town of Ponder, they said, 'Well, they're a church... they can do whatever they want."' ... Schmitz contends that the church operates like a commercial enterprise, hosting massive gatherings all centered around a sport or activity.
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Pastor Jeff Tacket says the new rodeo arena is an extension of his church. (Photo: WFAA)

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Thu Oct 29, 2015, 01:55 PM

1. a tax-free for-profit business using religion as an excuse. but aren't they all? nt

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Thu Oct 29, 2015, 02:47 PM

2. I'm just surprised this isn't the norm.

Since it's so easy to claim to be in the religion business, why does everyone do it? How about a tavern that worships Bacchus the god of wine? Maybe a restaurant that served as the temple of Edesia, the ancient goddess of feasting. A car dealership would be dedicated to Sol Invictus and his speedy sun chariot. How about a church for Bastet, the cat goddess, or just make something up to match your hobby or mood.

Tack up a few iconic posters, add some ritual celebration, an exhortation or two, and who doesn't love a good condemnation of some 'other' undeserving people to make your newly invented religion sound churchy... and very tax deductible? Then you sit back and start raking in all that lovely, tax free cash.

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