Monday, November 10, 2014

Anti-Love Laws Already On The Books

My first thought, when the “hate laws” began to appear, was that hate is a bad, but natural, human emotion. Trying to do away with hatred is saying that people don’t have the right to emotions. How long will it be before they outlaw love, I wondered. Not long, it seems.

Twenty-one cities in America have already passed laws making it illegal to feed the homeless. Recently, a 90-year-old man was arrested for doing what he felt was his moral duty by breaking such a law in his town. Our local mayor, with no prior discussion with the citizens, recently posted signs at panhandling sites around town asking people NOT to add to the drug and alcohol problem by donating to the homeless. I was glad to see one homeless veteran still panhandling with a sign that said, “Drug and alcohol free – and I have PROOF!”

I know that many panhandlers DO have drug and alcohol problems, but not ALL of them do, and they don’t deserve to be painted with the same brush. ALSO, these are OUR OWN PEOPLE that we are expected to turn our back on, after all, illegal aliens get help that our own citizens are denied!

34Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.35h For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,36naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’37Then the righteous* will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?38When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?39When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’40i And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ “ Matthew 25:34-40

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Vicki said...

Seems to me that the Word of God trumps any local laws. God bless that elderly gentleman for sticking to his beliefs and feeding the homeless. Those that enact such laws obviously have never missed a meal.

Sixbears said...

Most people have no idea how easy it is to become homeless in this country.

We are supposed to love our brothers as ourselves.

M. Silvius said...

We have a major panhandling problem here in Portland. The problem increased as the number of soup kitchens grew. Most of the panhandlers tend to concentrate near the State Dep of "human services" (read welfare office) that in Maine is well known for being overly generous and sets a very low bar for qualification. The city voted to ban the panhandlers from standing in the median strips as many had become quite aggressive and posed a danger to themselves and vehicles, as some who thought themselves benevolent and slammed on the brakes at an inopportune moment to hand out some change had caused a few severe accidents. But the ACLU got involved and sued the town and the town acquiesced. So now they are back there and even more aggressive than before. All major intersection in and out of town have at least 4 and as many as 8 of them in the median strips. Most of them sporting North Face and Patagonia clothing and backpacks even I can't justify for myself. Even odder is that within a few hundred yards are big supermarkets and businesses that have big signs reading "Now Hiring" and the city mandated minimum wage is 10$ an hour.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

It is difficult to balance safety and cleanliness issues (trash) with benevolence but you cannot let them starve. I agree they should not be where they pose a danger to anyone or themselves but there should be alternative locations and investigation to be sure they are not con artists. Donated clothing can have any labels, I have seen lots of designs lables in the thrift shops where the poor are eligible to select clothing free of charge. I would err on the side of compassion.

Pumice said...

I have mixed feelings about this one. For one, you are right about the problem with laws. Hate crimes are designed to punish the thinking, not the act.

On the other hand, you may not have experience with the kind of aggressive homeless people we have in the big cities. I have seen them out in the middle of the street during rush hour walking between lanes of traffic with their signs.

It would seem like common sense could deal with a lot of this but common sense probably qualifies as a hate crime.

Grace and peace.

Gorges Smythe said...

First, feeding the homeless and panhandling are seperate, though sometimes related, subjects. The DONOR should never be punished. Secondly, a lot of the problem panhandlers exist because our government refuses to address the criminals and mentally unstable folks as the seperate problems that they are. The bottom line is this: Do what the LORD says to do!