Most of the time, the Supreme Court does not even consider the matter worth listening to. The one that make it to the floor tend to be solved in a fairly straight-forward manner, due in large part to the absolute intolerance for hand-waiving and drama of the Supreme Court judges. There are amusing past cases of judges taking the time during an overly dramatic lawyer's intro to review the facts of the case and resolve it before the opening speech was completed, but nowadays, most lawyers at that level know better than to try. Not a lot of humor at that level.
It gets more complex, of course, but basically, the idea is that the Federal Government only gets involved as much as it needs to, and no more. Most Americans do not tolerate Big Government encroachment too well.
Generally, a business is an organization engaged in the trade of goods or services. Narrowing it down a little more, a church is a legal entity that makes income (either in the form of donations or services from the congregation) and has to pay expenses (such as rent, permits, or what have you). More specifically still, in this county, a church is defined as a location which regularly hosts gatherings of a religious nature of 3 or more people.There are really no rhetorical questions when it comes to business law.
Because they meet the same qualities as every other church that is a business. Location is not specified. That the location is a private home in a residential area as opposed to a rented unit in a commercial area is not part of the definition of a business. People can have businesses based out of their homes.
The fine is for not getting a permit to function as a church. And, in all honesty, legality aside, the fine is really more for refusing to heed the warning that you need a permit to run a business out of your home. It is simply a level up in the warning system, a carrot and stick, and 9 times out of 10, when the person complies, the fine is often waived.
I know people here have been obsession about how much the county wanted the money for the fine, but...it really isn't that big a deal.
That's correct. The law doesn't care where you have the business. The business is a business regardless, and businesses need permits. Now, running a business out of your home requires a different (cheaper and simpler) permit that one for a business in a commercial zone, but you do still need to have it in order to legal run a business. There are different permits because the government recognizes the difference between running a home business and running a commercial business.
Oooooh! You think "shooting" and "lassoing"...
Okay, no, that's a perfectly understandable error (particularly considering we are talking about Texans, here) yeah, no, heh, heh...okay...
"Shooting" a fish refers to Bow Fishing. It's kind of a big thing here in Texas, 'cause the fish...well, Texas fish get pretty big...
"Lassoing" a fish refers to Bringing a large fish on board with, yeah, a lasso. http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/national-geographic-channel/shows/fish-warrior/ngc-lassoing-fish/
With small fish, you can use a net, but Texas...again, things are bigger in Texas. A little net isn't going to cut it.
That said...yeah, we have our share of idiots who who were alcoholically-inspired to try to shoot a fish with a rifle, and we even have an entirely-too-Texan-to-be-real representative, who was invited to a off-shore fishing trip by his Australian friend who didn't really think through the consequences of putting a cowboy on a boat. He ended up lassoing (as in twirling a rope over his head and throwing it a good 15 feet) the largest Great White shark of that era (I think the record has been beaten, but his 19.5 footer was up there for quite some time).
Heh...no, that part is true. The laws are talking more about the...technical side of fishing (I guess? Not sure what term is for things one does in the process of catching fish)