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Is there a problem with organized religion
I found an interesting article in the LJW this morning concerning the Family Promise endeavor. I know from experience that we have an increasing challenge with homeless families. Family Promise serves such families. They came to the city and requested whatever the city claimed to be its due. After a year, we are still studying the problem while winter has threatened the homeless! Couldn’t we provide provisional authority for Family Promise to proceed pending whatever outcome the study might produce? If we do not have authority to regulate religious activities than Family Promise is free to proceed anyway. If we do have such authority, the ordinance is pretty much completed and should be implemented. What is the difficulty with moving ahead?We zipped through the ordinance on snow removal despite legitimate concerns about impacts on the elderly, the infirmed and the handicapped. We may even be in violation of Federal Law concerning some of these groups. It didn’t matter. Somebody wanted an ordinance and we have one – one of the more demanding requirements in Kansas.Could our lawgivers have some form of prejudice with respect to the faith-based community and efforts they undertake that some might consider the purview of the city – despite the fact that the city is not addressing the problem. I guess our lawgivers would rather raise our taxes to meet this need then let a non-city entity provide needed service to our less fortunate citizens! I hope I am wrong because if they were so inclined their bias would be despicable!