This is the second such incident we've heard about this holiday season. Please refer to Dauphin County Commission Shuts Down Ministries in Pennsylvania. Since when is it illegal to help feed the poor, the disenfranchised and homeless in America? We have been commanded to do this, not just at Christmas time, but all year long. What is happening in America, that it has become illegal to practice our faith, to help the needy members of our society?
Read Church Group Trying to Feed the Homeless Ordered to Stop, by Israel Balderas, at CBS 12 News. There is also a video of the incident at this link.
"CBS 12 tracked down the park ranger that witnesses say was kicking out the church members.
" “I'm not allowed to talk with you,” said the park ranger, also identified as Mark. “You have to take your questions to the administration building.”
" “They’re saying that you told some church people to leave,” said the reporter to the park ranger.
" “Hi,” waved the park ranger to the camera. “I can’t talk to you; my bosses don't want me to talk.”
"Park Ranger Mark said he was ordered to warn the church members that they were violating county ordinances. When he was asked to cite the specific law that gave him the authority to kick out church members from a public park, he couldn’t do it. So he called dispatch to ask for help.
" “Channel 12 is here, wants to talk to me about previous activities gone on here,” said the park ranger to dispatch. “And I’m not allowed to talk to them.”
"The previous activity being referred to was the ranger telling the church group that they couldn't feed the homeless."