Monday, April 12, 2010

City criminalizes helping the homeless

Add Oakland Park, Florida, to the list of twilight towns.

A new right-wing city ordinance likely to pass soon will make it a crime just to help the homeless.

Anybody who gives food, blankets, money, or anything else of value to a homeless person faces a fine of up to $100 and up to 90 days in jail. So does anybody who buys anything from a homeless person such as newspapers or flowers.

How fascist.

If I want to give a snack to a homeless person, that's my right. Whiners on city council have no business telling me I can't.

Make no mistake: This legislation is driven by evil. Civilized societies do not imprison people for helping the disadvantaged - unless there's a deep undercurrent of bad intentions behind the law.

We have a duty not just to criticize the law but to call it what it is: evil.


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