Fathom injunction affects 'The Warehouse,' church member speaks out
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB)- After city attorney and attorneys for Mosaic Church agree to a 15 day restraining order against Club Fathom, a member of the church is speaking out, saying the injunction should be reversed. He says the city is targeting the church's mission.
The injunctive order stems from a shooting outside the club Christmas morning. Nine people were shot, five of them under age 18.
As part of the agreement, no large events or parties can be held in the building, only church related functions.
We also talked with a musician who plays at 'The Warehouse.' The organization rents space in the Mosaic building, putting on faith-based shows. He says it is time for Mosaic and Fathom to move on.
"I don't agree with all the parties or whatever else Mosaic has put on. But The Warehouse has never been affiliated with that," says Brandon Ray.
Ray is a singer for the band 'axiom.' He says he has played at The Warehouse dozens of times. The organization rents space in the Mosaic building, now closed off to large events.
The group's Myspace page says it provides "a safe, non-alcoholic, non-smoking environment for all ages and walks of life." Ray says that is a far cry from what he has seen at Club Fathom.
"Whenever Mosaic's had their parties and their rap groups perform, I've seen people get busted for drugs and alcohol and a whole bunch of other non-Christian things," says Ray.
"What we really have is a problem in our communities where there is a trend of violence in Chattanooga and it's not this organization's fault," says Aleq Boyle.
Boyle has been a member of Mosaic for the past 10 years, saying he helped pastor Tim Reid start his youth outreach mission. He has started the Facebook group, "Friends of Fathom," in an effort to showcase the club's mission that all are welcome.
"If you start to change that then you're getting away from what the premise of what Christianity is about," says Boyle.
He wants the injunction on the club reversed.
"I frankly think there is an issue of veiled racism that the city is portraying here," he says.
But the city points to racy flyers as proof the club attracts risky behavior.
"I've seen the flyers and the people go in for those and it does send a very confusing message to the people," says Ray.
"If you make it the more dicey, the more interest it builds. And so that is a sense of promoting and not necessarily the actions, especially of the faith side and the Mosaic fellowship side," says Boyle.
He says Mosaic and Fathom are helping those who would get turned away elsewhere.
"If you're going to engage the people, is there risk? Absolutely. That's why we have faith," says Boyle.
"The people from Mosaic or Fathom should move somewhere else and not affiliate themselves with the Christian name," says Ray.
Ray says the whole building should be turned over to The Warehouse so they can continue their positive outreach.
Boyle maintains the club provides a safe environment. He says he supports pastor Tim Reid's decision to try and continue his youth mission at other venues while the club is shut down.