Below are two examples of why Las Cruces can take pride in setting the bar for other cities by the way we are working with our homeless.
Subject: Pastor blocked from feeding homeless
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:33:06 +0000
Dear Faithful America member,
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.”
These words from the Gospel of Matthew are painted on the side of the truck that pastor Rick Wood uses to distribute hot dogs and bottled water to homeless people in Birmingham, Alabama.
But now the local police are trying to block him from handing out food, citing a new food truck law that requires a $500 permit. Wood says Birmingham is attempting to push the poor out of sight, out of mind, and out of town.
Birmingham’s actions are part of a worrying trend of cities blocking churches from serving the poor. Last month the mayor of Rockford, Illinois tried to shut down a church that was acting as an emergency homeless shelter on freezing nights, relenting only when the pastor showed up at city hall with a petition signed by 25,000 Faithful America members.
Unlike many right-wing claims, cracking down on Christian ministries to the poor and vulnerable is a genuine threat to religious freedom, and the mayor of Birmingham needs to hear immediately that forcing this pastor to pay for the right to feed the hungry is unacceptable.
Tell Birmingham mayor: Let pastor feed the homeless without paying $500
— Michael and Aaron
P.S. We’ve also heard reports of cities cracking down on Christian ministries to the poor in St. Louis and Raleigh, and anti-homeless laws across the country. Is this happening in your community? Click here to let us know.