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Outlawing Matthew 25:40?

The semester is almost over and most of my Introduction to US Government students have completed their assignment to submit interesting news items they have found during their weekly reading. A few are still turning in their last items and this week Freda Pu. 

Freda found a Washington Post article called “How Fatal Bureaucracy Starts.” 

Like a number of jurisdictions, Fort Lauderdale, FL has recently passed ordinances restricting the activities of charities or individuals, many of them religiously inspired, who have programs to feed homeless people in their communities.

It will be interesting to see if ordinances like Fort Lauderdale’s, which aims to disperse programs that provide food in public outdoor locations, will be challenged on “free exercise” of religions grounds. Florida has an almost 20 year old RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) which prohibits the state from imposing excessive burdens on the exercise of religion.

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