Saturday, 14 July 2012
Cities all over the country are putting a ban on the feeding of homeless people by private parties. Meaning churches would no longer be allowed to have soup kitchens to support the homeless or be allowed to hand out bagged lunches on the streets.
Associated Press reported.
Paul Messing, an attorney for religious groups that challenged the ban, says the ruling shows the city hasn't come up with a good reason to stop the feedings. City officials argued the feedings pose a potential health risk and that the people being fed need more than just food.
First of all are we talking about homeless cats or homeless people? I feel like that gives me an image of cat food being thrown on a plate and put on the front lawn. I mean these are people?
The cities don't plan on stepping up the amount of homeless care given after the ban on private parties.
In Philadelphia the mayor wishes to move the "feedings" to city hall, since Benjamin Parkway is enjoyed by "so many many others".
In an interview he says "We do not think that the activity is appropriate at that location and does in fact conflict with the overall enjoyment and use by so many, many other, who wish to be in that same space at the same time".
I am reading this as. "People shouldn't see how shitty this world is while they're walking through the historical district. Let them remain oblivious!" I say shove it right in their goddamn face. The world isn't getting any prettier.
New York has also tried to put a ban on private parties giving to homeless at free will.