What would you do if you came across someone on the street who had not had anything to eat for several days? Would you give that person some food? Well, the next time you get that impulse you might want to check if it is still legal to feed the homeless where you live.Over the past decade or so, many communities have acted like homelessness itself is a crime by regularly rounding up the homeless to cart them off to jail. Now, as this article points out, those do-gooders who try to help them may now find themselves sharing the same cell!
Sadly, feeding the homeless has been banned in major cities all over America. Other cities that have not banned it outright have put so many requirements on those who want to feed the homeless (acquiring expensive permits, taking food preparation courses, etc.) that feeding the homeless has become "out of reach" for most average people. Some cities are doing these things because they are concerned about the "health risks" of the food being distributed by ordinary "do-gooders." Other cities are passing these laws because they do not want homeless people congregating in city centers where they know that they will be fed. But at a time when poverty and government dependence are soaring to unprecedented levels, is it really a good idea to ban people from helping those who are hurting?
~ from Feeding The Homeless BANNED In Major Cities All Over America from OpEd News ~
Can you believe this? It's absolutely crazy. Why on earth would we criminalize being a good Samaritan?
Sadly, it's because most of our leaders don't want to be reminded of the fact that the policies they support often LEAD TO homelessness. If people feed large groups, then the homeless are there for all to see. That goes against mainstream sensibilities. We want the homeless out of sight and out of mind!