Jacksonville homeless feeding ordinance
If Jesus came to Jacksonville to feed the masses, he would need a city permit to hand out all those miraculous loaves and fishes.
challenged in federal court
A University of North Florida professor hopes to change that with a religious freedom lawsuit he filed after he was charged with violating a city ordinance* when he fed homeless people on church property.
Though the charges eventually were dropped, Michael J. Herkov said it was important to challenge the ordinance so a basic tenet of his Christian faith could continue to be carried out by him and others.
Herkov's attorney, Scott Fortune, said the law is so broadly worded that it could be construed to prevent anyone in Jacksonville from giving someone else a cup of coffee or serving a meal at home without a permit.
Mathew Staver of the Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal advocacy organization based in Orlando, said he has handled similar cases for other religious groups, and the courts have found a clear constitutional right to carry out church ministries, such as feeding homeless people.
Read the Florida Times-Union article here.
Thanks to Religion Clause for the link.
* You can read the ordinance here. Read Section 250.101 and the next few sections.