Homeless People and Cats


The City of Houston wants to regulate feeding the homeless—to make it a crime for anyone to feed the homeless without registering with the city and jumping through a bunch of other hoops (PDF of proposed ordinance).

In a lively online discussion among criminal-defense lawyers, Laurie Payne (not a CDL; I’ve no idea how she wandered into the discussion) interjected:

I TOTALLY SUPPORT SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE AND THE CITY OF HOUSTON’S MOVE TO  DISCONTINUE  THESE AD HOC “FEEDING” PROGRAMS THAT DO NOT ADHERE TO ANY RULES OR HEALTH CODE NOT TO MENTION PROPER SANITATION OR PERMITS.  ARE THE HOMELESS NOT THE PUBLIC, TOO?

“DO-GOODERS” DO NO GOOD WHEN THEY ARE ENDANGERING THE PUBLIC, HOMELESS OR NOT, BY USING PUBLIC PARK LAND, CITY PROPERTY, AND PRIVATE LAND, WITHOUT PERMISSION OR FACILITIES TO “SERVE” THE HOMELESS.

THIS IS WHY GOVERNMENT DOES NEED TO CONTROL GROUPS THAT ARE SELF APPOINTED SOCIAL PROGRAMS THAT HAVE NO REGARD OR TRAINING TO SERVE THE PUBLIC, MUCH LESS THE UNFORTUNATE PUBLIC!

PLAY BY THE LONG ESTABLISHED RULES NOT THE RULES THAT YOU JUST “MADE UP” TO RAISE MONEY FOR YOUR “SOCIAL PROGRAMS”.  IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL PROGRAMS, DO THE QUALIFYING FOR THE GRANTS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO LEGITIMATE ORGANIZATIONS!

LAURIE C. PAYNE

Fourth Generation Native Houstonian and Christian

Here in the Heights we have a stray-cat problem, which goodhearted people aggravate by feeding the strays so that the neighborhood can support an unlimited population. Downtown residents can’t trap the homeless and take them to animal control, so they have to deal in other ways with the consequences of suburban do-gooders feeding the homeless. The homeless, having little to lose, are hard to punish, so the downtowners went to the city to ask for a new ordinance punishing those who feed them.

Though I don’t think it’s the proper subject of government regulation, I sorta sympathize. (It’s illegal to feed stray cats if you don’t get them neutered, but this doesn’t matter to the kindhearted dolts.)

But when you make a public issue of your “Christianity” in the name of the government regulating those who would feed the poor, you’re painting a great big rhetorical bullseye on your back.

15 And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a desert place, which may be public park land, or city property, or private land, and the time is now past. We have no permits, nor have we proper sanitation. Send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages and get themselves victuals from the government-controlled social programs. For are they not the public too?”

16 But Jesus, rather than playing by the long-established rules, said unto them, “They need not depart. Give ye them to eat.”

17 And they said unto Him, “We have here but five loaves and two fishes, and we have not qualified for the grants that are available to legitimate organizations.”

18 And He said, “Bring them hither to Me.”

19 And the Do-Gooder  commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves and the two fishes; and looking up to Heaven, He blessed and broke the loaves and gave them to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude, all without government grant or permit.

20 And they all ate and were filled. And they took up the fragments that remained, twelve baskets full.

21 And those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.


4 responses to “Homeless People and Cats”

  1. Simpleminded people seek simple solutions to complicated problems and believe they can cure societal ills by enacting new laws. Criminalizing the feeding of the poor doesn’t stop anything, it merely pushes the problem someplace else. What next, a countywide ordinance? Statewide?

    I suspect Christian Lady is one of those law-and-order types who barely conceals her sociopath personality. Typical that she would pick on those who have the least ability to fight back…

    • I really enjoy watching your mind at work Mark! It is amazing how it just goes all over the place. Then, I am catching up on my blog reading some more and see that you went to Rice and that explained a lot to me – I have never met a Rice student, current or former, that had any dolt like qualities to them. Having said that, however, I have noticed from time to time a certain, let me be polite, quirkiness amongst some, but certainly not all, Rice folks. Now, I am wondering if part of the explanation in regard to you is if you were also a member ofthe MOB? Hawkins

  2. I assume they collected the twelve baskets of fragments because there was an anti-littering
    law.

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