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House Donated to Maum Sparks Controversy
« on: February 28, 2018, 11:32:44 PM »
Interesting case from Chicago a few years ago. I'll start just by quoting the first Chicago Tribune article listed below:
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Erik Sung found inner happiness through a meditation-based religion, but since donating his home near Lake Forest to his church, he said he has experienced anything but peace.

Neighbors are decidedly skeptical about the Maum Meditation Center, which filed a federal lawsuit to force officials to classify it as a religious institution, which is allowed under zoning laws in unincorporated Lake County.

2013
June 17: Maum Meditation Center Case (ISSUU - PDF of Complaint)
Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman Maum Order (ISSUU - PDF of Ruling)

June 19: Federal Lawsuit: Lake Forest Mansion To Be New Location For Maum Meditation Center (Reddit)
Maum Meditation Approved As A Religion In Lake Forest Mansion, IL (Reddit)

June 20: County Says Man's Religion Valid, Allowing for Meditation Center Near Lake Forest (Patch)
Lake County (IL) Officials: Maum Meditation is a Religion After All (Baptist Committee for Religious Liberty)

June 22: Lake Forest Meditation Center Generates Controversy (Chicago Tribune)

June 26: Lake County Moves to Tighten Rules for Houses of Worship (Chicago Tribune)

2014
Feb. 19: Ruling Against Lake County Meditation Center (Chicago Tribune)
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Neighbors coughed loudly when Sung insisted he had not been holding meditation gatherings, which are prohibited until he is given county approval.

2015
Sept. 9: Suwannee County Takes Second look at Incentive Program (Suwannee Democrat)

From the above, this caught my eye for obvious reasons. It may not be true, but I am curious as to what the leader was doing before he founded Maum.
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Local resident Bruce Cook claimed Ease Land’s operator, nonprofit Maum Meditation House of Truth, is connected to the Unification Church of the United States, or the “Moonies” cult of the 1960s and ‘70s.

2016
July 29: Religious Worship In Residential Homes: Is It An Accessory Use Or Change Of Use? (Dalton & Tomich)