Testing the Limits of Political Correctness: The Apostles of O’Neill

By November 12, 2006General

Great story on the front page of yesterday’s WaPo about a new religious sect on Georgetown called the Apostles of O’Neill. Well, actually they may not be a religious sect at all, and that’s kinda the point of the story.

Seems that Brian O’Neill, Sr., bought his son, Brian O’Neill, Jr. — a student at Georgetown University — a house in Georgetown for a paltry $2.4 million. Beats dorm living, apparently. So O’Neill fils lives in the house with 8 or 9 fellow students. That’s a problem, as local zoning laws permit no more than six unrelated residents to cohabitate. Apparently, in Georgetown, it takes a little less than a village.

So the young O’Neill has field with the District of Columbia government as a religious sect, the Apostles of O’Neill. Why? Because under DC law, up to fifteen people can live in a house if they are a “religious community.” The group has since changed their name to the “Apostles of Peace and Unity.” That kinda sounds like the new Dem caucus, doesn’t it?

As it turns out, Georgetown residents are up in arms, thinking that the boys are just trying to take advantage of the political correctness of DC legal sensitivities to skirt the law. We’d not be so cynical, of course, but would take The Apostles at their word, and believe that they’ve found a religion with beer and debauchery as its core beliefs.

Can’t wait to see the life-sized statute of John Belushi out in front.

[UPDATE]: Heard from a blog reader today who knows one of the “Apostles,” tells us the reporter never spoke to any of the young men who live in the house and was never inside the house, although their story describes certain aspects and details of the interior of the house. Could this be true? That would be really sloppy reporting, if so. We encourage the reporter to click on “Comments” below and correct the record, if this is incorrect.

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  • Jay Santo says:

    The latest news is that the IRS will audit the father’s real estate holdings. If he’ll perpetrate fraud to flaunt zoning laws once, he’s probably done it elsewhere as well. I’m sure the neighbors had nothing to do with this audit 😉