Newtown, CT (USA) — This is what we know: There were more than 60 cars parked on a 10-acre property where four Cambodian Buddhist monks live in Newtown on April 13, the closest Sunday to the start of the Astrological New Year.
That’s all the neighbors knew when they took pictures of the rows of cars and complained to the town’s Land Use Office. It’s all Zoning Enforcement Officer Gary Frenette knew when he issued a cease-and-desist order to the society, telling the monks to stop “religious services” at the site—you have to have special exemption to do that in a residential zone in Newtown.
That’s what we know. This is what’s being debated: Did the Cambodian Buddhists converge there for a worship service, or to socially visit the monks—and is there any difference in the eyes of Newtown?