The mayor of Philadelphia has announced a ban on feeding poor people. Private agencies must cease and desist.
Feeding poor people undermines their dignity, the mayor says. The mayor’s name is appropriate: Nutter.
These are outdoor feedings. They are held in parks.
The food may be unsanitary, the mayor warns.
Nutter says the feedings lack both sanitary conditions and dignity. “Providing to those who are hungry must not be about opening the car trunk, handing out a bunch of sandwiches, and then driving off into the dark and rainy night.”
It was a dark and story night. Charitable deeds were being conducted in daylight, but we all know that charity is the result of hidden agendas — dark agendas. These agendas are going to be nipped in the bud.
Sister Mary Scullion, an advocate for the poor (it says here) has applauded the mayor’s stand. “I really want to thank the mayor for this courageous . . . this is not an easy position. But I do think it’s a great opportunity.”
You may ask: “An opportunity for what?” Perhaps an opportunity to recover lost dignity. There is nothing like a growling stomach to strengthen a person’s dignity.
The mayor wants to see indoor feedings. No more of park-like atmosphere. Groups can offer indoor food. There, dignity is maintained.
As for park feedings, there will be a $150 fine, referred to as “nominal.”
The mayor says that families can eat in the parks.
As for the rumor that local residents don’t want to go to a park where poor people are lined up for free food, nothing could be further from the truth. I mean, the whole idea is preposterous. That would point to political groveling by the mayor to selfish special interests. No, no, no. Don’t even think it.
This is all about dignity. And registration. And sanitation.
Above all, it is about government control.