It makes sense.
One of the comments from the link you provided: "Sean KirkI am a Born again Christian but disagree with your assertion that this is purely about religious persecution. All cities have zoning ordnances. Churches are not exempt from the law. In fact the bible tells us that we are to respect local authority unless it flies in the face of God. In my opinion this pastor, willfully circumvented the law from the beginning, and is using the religious persecution argument to get away with it. Having said that, I don't think throwing him in jail is warranted."