Friday, March 7, 2014

Federal judge agrees to dismiss Narragansett man's lawsuit over chiming of church bells

From Rhode Island-

 A federal judge has agreed to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a Narragansett man against the attorney general, the Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin and others over the tolling of church bells.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux on Wednesday ordered the dismissal of John Devaney's  lawsuit alleging that the chimes of nearby St. Thomas More Catholic Parish and St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church were denying him the peaceful enjoyment of his home and had helped precipitate the demise of his 23-year marriage.  Devaney counted 700 "claps" and "gongs" each week, more than 36,000 throughout the past 13 years.

In dismissing the suit, Lagueux accepted U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan's recommendation. Sullivan quoted poet Ezra Pound in advising Lagueux: "The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people."

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