Despite massive opposition from peoples of all cultures and creeds, the
City of Houston approved its Charitable Feeding Ban in 2012. This controversial
ordinance makes it a crime to distribute food contributions to more than
five people without an approved city permit for a charitable event. In
essence, the city wants to collect permit fees from people who only want
to give food to the homeless or indigent.
Attorney Eric Dick of Dick Law Firm in Houston has recently filed a case
against the City of Houston on behalf of his client, Phillip Bryant. Within
the claim, Mr. Bryant and Eric Dick have brought forth many reasons why
the Charitable Feeding Ban is not only morally wrong but also unconstitutional.
To prevent someone from giving to those in need as many religious texts
say is the word of God is indeed the ban of someone’s right to freely
exercise their religion.
Bryant is a devoted Christian who humbly provides food and water to the
homeless on the streets of Houston whenever possible. Due to the fact
that he often stops randomly when he sees someone on the side of the road
who appears to be indigent, it is impossible for him to know when he will
be compelled to help and donate. Thus, it is unreasonable and illogical
to expect him to see a group of homeless people, drive down to the county
clerk’s office, file for a permit, wait for approval, and come back
to them to provide a few cans of food and bottles of water.
Attorney Eric Dick first filed a 60-day warning to the City of Houston
back in December, which stated that the city must repeal the Charitable
Feeding Ban, or else prepare for a lawsuit. As the city did not respond
accordingly to the notice, this lawsuit brought forth by Mr. Bryant and
handled by Dick Law Firm is necessary to defend the religious freedoms
of the people of Houston.
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