posted on Jul, 24 2006 @ 01:10 AM
Besides the obvious reasons for this law to be really really stupid, there are some sneakier problems with it, as well. It is too ambiguous for my
taste. What exactly constitutes a 'homeless' person? Who decides who is 'homeless?' And while 'free' is fairly obvious, 'nominal fee' is
also quite ambiguous? What is too 'nominal' a fee? While this was done to prevent (most likely) people 'selling' food to the homeless for a
song, or a penny or that kind of thing, it is a term subject to interpretation. What is too nominal? $1? $2?
Even if the law were properly written, it would still be a sick joke. Banning the feeding of the homeless? What possible reason could there be? The
article says this is to stop mobile soup kitchens because families complained about the congregation of the homeless. Maybe... I don't know... it
sounds like a really cruel thing to do. Even if some people did complain, why on earth would a city council pass such a stupid law?
I don't recall offhand about the US constitution, but in Canada, our constitution mentions that we are entitled to 'freedom of assembly', and this
new law seems to violate that principle.