From Coyote [via AZ Republic]
A Phoenix ordinance banning charity dining halls in residential neighborhoods withstood a challenge by a north-central Phoenix church.
Retired Arizona Supreme Court Justice Robert Corcoran, serving as a hearing officer, ruled Monday that feeding the homeless at a place of worship can be banned by city ordinance. The decision affects all Phoenix churches with underlying residential zoning.
Over the summer, city officials maintained that CrossRoads United Methodist Church, 7901 N. Central Ave., violated Phoenix zoning code by feeding the poor and homeless on its property, a use that can only occur in commercial or industrial zones.
Fortunately, we can assure Anonone [who worries that a Libertarian society would enshrine colored only signs] that the motive behind the people who do not want to allow homeless people to access food at churches in their neighborhoods is NOT discrimination--it's merely respect for the law and order that only the State can provide:
You will be relieved to know that this has nothing to do with a wealthy people fearing that their Xanax-induced equilibrium will be upset by actually seeing a poor person in their neighborhood. We are assured as such by Paul Barnes, a “neighborhood activist” who presumably participated in the suit to stop the Church from holding pancake prayer-breakfasts:“It’s not a problem with homeless people in wealthy neighborhoods. That would be a matter of prejudice. This issue would be setting churches up to avoid zoning ordinances.”
Wow, I am so relieved. And we all know what a problem it is when churches are organized solely to evade zoning regulations. Why, just last week the First Baptist Church and Gas Station as well as the United Methodist Church and Topless Bar opened right in my neighborhood.
See, Anonone was absolutely right about governments and discrimination: the power of the State is what works to protect the downtrodden. Damn vicious, genocidal, oppressive churches think they can waltz in anywhere and start feeding poor people whenever they please.
We'll show them respect for law and order and non-discrimination.
Ah, but those damn discriminatory libertarians would have argued that since the church owned the property, it could choose to feed poor people any damn time it pleased. Obviously, that's conduct that needs to be regulated.