Another city challenged in court
Dallas' ordinance* establishing "feeding zones" has been challenged in federal court by two ministries.
over limits on feeding homeless
Rip Parker Memorial Homeless Ministry and Big Heart Ministries claim the city restrictions on where charities can feed the homeless violate their right to practice their religion. They want to stop the city from enforcing the ordinance and to have it ruled unconstitutional.
The ordinance stopped a longtime practice of charitable groups serving food in vacant lots and cardboard box encampments under bridges. It permits the distribution of food only at a handful of designated locations and requires such groups to register with the city and take a food-handling class. Violations can carry fines up to $2,000.
Read the Dallas Morning News story here.
* You can read the ordinance here. Scroll down to Section 17-1.6(a)(5).