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How Sin City Got It’s Name
July 26th, 2006 by Mike

Nevada

Las Vegas Review-Journal1

Don’t feed the people. That’s the warning from officials in Sin City. A new city ordinance in Las Vegas makes it illegal to give food to homeless people in city parks. The law, which went into effect yesterday, carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 and six months in jail. city council members say the ordinance is aimed at mobile soup kitchens that attract large groups of homeless people in the parks. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada says the law is unenforceable and unconstitutional.

No wonder Las Vegas is called, “Sin City.” What kind of “love one another” is this?

I think this is one of the few positions that the ACLU has taken correctly. I don’t know if it’s unconstitutional but it certainly is immoral.

© 2006 – 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. quoted in The Villages Daily Sun, July 26, 2006 []

3 Responses  
  • Scoop writes:
    July 26th, 200611:29at

    I’ll bet most of the people who voted in favor of this mean-spirited statute consider themselves to be good Christians. I’m not a church-goer, but even I remember this:

    I was hungred and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in. Naked and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me…. Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matt. 25:35-40)

    Maybe they need to review that section. I’m not by any means advocating mixing religion with government, but rather observing that they are most likely betraying their own personal ethics.

    The city should be embarrassed. Cruelty is not the solution to homelessness.

  • bb writes:
    July 26th, 200615:40at

    I heard about this and thought how absolutely horrible of the city! Perhaps they have a lot of soup kitchens we don’t know about though. Obviously the homeless don’t know either.

    I think we should call on a boycott of Las Vegas. Maybe Whoopi could head it up after her Sister Act movies. 🙂

  • Scoop writes:
    July 31st, 200620:15at

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