Elderly Bible study leader threatened with eviction after discussion of hell

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. — Officials with the California Department of Veterans Affairs are threatening to evict an 84-year-old widow from the California Veterans Home unless she halts longtime Bible studies she has been leading for fellow residents.    

A press release from the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) said Artis Breau, a widow who has led voluntary Bible studies at the veterans home for nearly a decade, began encountering opposition from officials in September when someone claimed that her teaching on heaven and hell had caused another resident to lose sleep and therefore was elder abuse and emotional abuse.

Breau and her late husband moved to the veterans home about nine years ago. Her husband had served as a Merchant Marine in World War II, served in the 82nd Airborne Division overseas and then served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Breau worked as a civilian employee at the Pentagon during the Korean War.

Breau said she believes the real issue is that she is an evangelical Jewish believer in Jesus, “which does not sit well with some of the chaplains,” the PJI release stated. (TAB)