Last week, Scott Keyes, a senior reporter with the progressive news site ThinkProgress, reported on the idiotic outcome of one of the latest of such bans.
In that case, the city of Birmingham, Ala. has barred a local pastor from sharing food with the homeless from a church-owned vehicle because he doesn’t have… a food truck permit.
Anarcho-tyranny in action!
Government wants no competition from charity; only it can help others, doncha know…
Wood, who pastors The Lord’s House of Prayer in Oneonta, has been feeding the poor and homeless in Birmingham every Saturday for the past six years, driving a truck that features Matthew 25:35-40, which speaks of Jesus command to care for the hungry.
However, two weeks ago, Wood says that he was approached by Birmingham police as he was conducting an outreach in Linn Park and was told to cease operations because he did not have a permit. The cost for a permit, which must be obtained from the Health Department, is between $300 and $500.
Reports state that police had referred to an ordinance surrounding food trucks, which was enacted when area restaurants complained that some food vendors were taking away their business. The new law, which was passed in December, regulates when and where food trucks can park. It mentions nothing of food that is distributed for free to the homeless.
Kinda reminds one of how anti-racketeering laws were used to shut down protests in front of abortion clinics; the State abuses its laws for its own ends. Part of the methodology of anarcho-tyranny…