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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Church fined $12,000 for helping the homeless

Just in time for Christmas

  • Why should the Christmas season be any different from the rest of the year?  We spend trillion to level cities in the Middle East and make people homeless, but we spend next to nothing to help homeless Americans.

DUNDALK, Md. (WMAR)  -  A Dundalk church faces a fine of $12,000 for helping the homeless. 
“I showed up Wednesday morning to find a citation on the door that said we're going to be fined $12,000 and have a court date because we have unhoused homeless people sleeping outside the church at night,” said Reverend Katie Grover with the Patapsco United Methodist Church.
Grover added that the men and women who sleep outside their doors do so because they have nowhere else to go and because they feel safe there.

“We feel we here as a church that it's scriptural mandate that's it an imperative to care for the least, the last, the lost, the poor, the hungry,” she said.
While it may be the business of the church to serve the homeless, Chester Bartko, the owner of a produce stand next door, said it’s hurting his business.
“We can't be here all night patrolling the area. We can't control whether someone comes and sleeps outside of our doors, so I don't know how we're cited for people who find refuge here,” Grover said.
Grover is now struggling with doing what's right and what's legal.
“The church should live up to the community standards, not be a magnet for these people,” said Bartko.
“They are children of God just as well, they're our neighbor just as well and I just try to explain we're doing the best we can,” said Grover.
The church is scheduled to appear in court on December 21. 
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"At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge, ... it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir."

"Are there no prisons?"

"Plenty of prisons..."

"And the Union workhouses." demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?"

"Both very busy, sir..."

"Those who are badly off must go there."

"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."

"If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

pretty stupid fine
only on a socialist state ... the tax maniacs, cause they know anything else to do by way of buying votes with social security paycheck