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Christian-oriented news articles, links,  and related info. Often controversial, seldom disappointing! Here are a few links:

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  1. During the 1960’s, faith-based organizations provided about 75% of goods and services to the needy in the US. Since about the 1990’s, the government has reversed the roles by providing about 75%, with private assistance waning to 25%, more or less, taxation being the main culprit, driven mostly by a strategy of political control! The following article is evidence the government’s effort to monopolize charity. Witness the movement to abolish soup kitchens and food banks for the needy and the homeless!
    The watchdog group My Food. My Choice! explains:

    [T]he [Bloomberg] administration is now forbidding you from donating food to government-run homeless shelters because he has to monitor the salt, fat, and calorie content of the food being served.

    A mayoral task force and the Department of Homeless Services have joined forces to go beyond just dictating the nutritional standards at the city’s shelters.
    An article in the New York Post quotes DHS Commissioner Seth Diamond as explaining that the ban on food donations “is consistent with Mayor Bloomberg’s emphasis on improving nutrition for all New Yorkers.” But the article’s author, Jeff Stier, wonders whether “the real driver behind the ban is the Bloomberg dietary diktats.”

    With friends like Bloomie, another saying goes, who needs enemies? NYC Mayor Bloomberg bans food donations to homeless shelters (Update)
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  2. EDITED FROM: “Feeding The Homeless Is Banned. . . .” Michael Snyder is the editor of The Economic Collapse Blog

    This is so twisted.  In America today, you need a “permit” to do almost anything.  We are supposed to be a land of liberty and freedom, but these days government bureaucrats have turned our rights into “privileges” that they can revoke at any time.

    The following are some of the major U.S. cities that have attempted to ban feeding the homeless….


    Mayor Nutter recently banned feeding homeless people in many parts of Philadelphia where homeless people are known to congregate….
    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has announced a ban on the feeding of large numbers of homeless and hungry people at sites on and near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Mayor Nutter is imposing the ban on all outdoor feedings of large numbers of people on city parkland, including Love Park and the Ben Franklin Parkway, where it is not uncommon for outreach groups to offer free food. Nutter says the feedings lack both sanitary conditions and dignity.


    Last June, a group of activists down in Orlando, Florida were arrested by police for feeding the homeless in defiance of a city ordinance…. Over the past week, twelve members of food activist group Food Not Bombs have been arrested in Orlando for giving free food to groups of homeless people in a downtown park. They were acting in defiance of a controversial city ordinance that mandates permits for groups distributing food to large groups in parks within two miles of City Hall. Each group is allowed only two permits per park per year; Food Not Bombs has already exceeded their limit. They set up their meatless buffet in Lake Eola knowing that they would likely be arrested as a result.


    Down in Houston, a group of Christians was recently banned from distributing food to the homeless, and they were told that they probably would not be granted a permit to do so in the future even if they applied for one…. Bobby and Amanda Herring spent more than a year providing food to homeless people in downtown Houston every day. They fed them, left behind no trash and doled out warm meals peacefully without a single crime being committed, Bobby Herring said. That ended two weeks ago when the city shut down their “Feed a Friend” effort for lack of a permit. And city officials say the couple most likely will not be able to obtain one.
    “We don’t really know what they want, we just think that they don’t want us down there feeding people,” said Bobby Herring, a Christian rapper who goes by the stage name Tre9.


    Dallas has also adopted a law which greatly restricts the ability of individuals and ministries to feed the homeless…. A Dallas-area ministry is suing the city over a food ordinance that restricts the group from giving meals to the homeless. Courts dismissed Dallas’ request for a summary judgment last week, saying the case, brought up by pastor Don Hart (in video above) may indeed be a violation of free exercise of religion, as protected by the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the blog Religion Clause reported. In the court filing, the ministry leaders argue that their Christian faith requires them to share meals with the homeless (Jesus did!) and that the requirement that even churches and charities provide toilets, sinks, trained staff and consent of the city keeps them from doing so.

    Las Vegas

    A few years ago, Las Vegas became the first major U.S. city to specifically pass a law banning the feeding of homeless people…. Las Vegas, whose homeless population has doubled in the past decade to about 12,000 people in and around the city, joins several other cities across the country that have adopted or considered ordinances limiting the distribution of charitable meals in parks. Most have restricted the time and place of such handouts, hoping to discourage homeless people from congregating and, in the view of officials, ruining efforts to beautify downtowns and neighborhoods. But the Las Vegas ordinance is believed to be the first to explicitly make it an offense to feed “the indigent.” That law has since been blocked by a federal judge, and since then many U.S. cities have been very careful not to mention “the indigent” or “the homeless” by name in the laws they pass that are intended to ban feeding the homeless.

    New York City

    New York City has banned all food donations to government-run homeless shelters because the bureaucrats there are concerned that the donated food will not be “nutritious” enough. Yes, this is really true. The following is from a recent Fox News article…. The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless. In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.

    Can you believe that? The bureaucrats are officially out of control. In America today, it seems like almost everything is illegal. One church down in Louisiana was recently ordered to stop giving out water because it did not have a government permit. Well, I don’t know about you, but I sure am going to give a cup of cold water to someone if they need it whether I have a permit or not. It is as if common sense has totally gone out the window in this nation. Over in New Hampshire, a woman is being sued for planting flowers in her own front yard. This is the kind of thing that makes me glad that I have moved to a much more rural location.  People in the country tend to be much more relaxed. Sadly, those that love to micro-manage others continue to get the upper hand in America.  Back in January, 40,000 new laws went into effect all over America.  The politicians continue to hit us with wave after wave of regulations and laws with no end in sight.

    All of this is making America a very unpleasant place in which to live.

  3. Fukushima No. 2 reactor radiation level up to 73 sieverts per hour
    TOKYO, March 27, Kyodo

    The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Tuesday that the radiation dose inside the crippled No. 2 reactor stood at an extremely high level between 31.1 and 72.9 sieverts per hour, underscoring the existence of radioactive substances from the melted fuel inside the structure.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. measured the radiation level by inserting a long dosimeter into the round-bottomed, flask-shaped primary containment vessel, where fuel is thought to be accumulating at the bottom following the nuclear accident last year.

    Human beings could die within one month once exposed to 7 sieverts and within several days once exposed to 20 sieverts or more. Usually, when an ordinary reactor is not operating, the radiation level is low enough for workers to enter inside, according to the utility known as TEPCO.

    Enoch153 NOTE: At this rate, Tokyo may require evacuation soon! Please pray for this radiation to be averted!

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