Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Anti-feeding Laws

In Ft. Lauderdale there is a new law.  According to a WCNC report found here, "According to the Sun-Sentinel, the new rules dictate that feeding sites "cannot be within 500 feet of each other, that only one is allowed in any given city block and that any site would have to be at least 500 feet away from residential properties."

Here is a video of 2 clergy and one 90 years old homeless advocate being arrested for feeding people. 

It is sad, very sad.  I celebrate the ministers and advocates who are stepping up and taking a stand.  I think they are doing the right thing and this situation calls for acts of civil disobedience.   

The only thing that bothers me is the attitude the people taking videos or are bystanders are giving the police.  The police didn't create this law.  They are the ones who have to enforce it.  Whether they agree with it or not, they are doing what they have to do.  They did so in a kind and gentle way and by the video there seems to be no signs of harassment or mishandling the people or the food.  To yell at them is really uncalled for.  I am sure this moment is not why they became police officers to begin with.  Let them be.

Who these people really need to bug is the county commissioners who passed this law 4-1 at 3:30am.  
Once again, my prayers and pride are with Arnold Abbott, Rev. Dwayne Black and Rev. Mark Sims.  Well done good and faithful servants.

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