I found this rather interesting.
A Methodist Church in Phoenix has been told to stop its pancake breakfast/worship services because they are attracting the homeless, and city zoning codes mandate that you can only feed the homeless in commercial and industrial zones, not in the residential zone that the church is located in. And a retired judge (sitting as a ‘senior judge’) upheld the ordinance.
I have really strong feelings about this: I see it as a travesty. But there is a point to expecting churches to comply with zoning codes. (And they may have only been serving pancakes, but to me it looks like everybody is coming out of it with egg on their face.)
Thoughts and comments? (I’d really appreciate it if it doesn’t get spinned into yet another debate on the (non)existence of God/irrationality of religion – the fact that it was a church doing something for religious motives is, to me, secondary to the humanitarian ethical questions involved. Thanks in advance for complying.)