Friday, November 13, 2009
Judge Orders Phoenix Church to Stop Feeding the Poor
According to Huffington Post a "Judge" ordered a Phoenix Church to stop feeding the poor and homeless, because, get this, when you feed the poor and homeless, the wrong element come into your neighborhood.
An Arizona news article discussing the decision is here: http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/Judge-says-Phoenix-church-cannot-feed-homeless-69650502.html.
The Judge a retired former Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court is Robert Corcoran, who is sitting as a City of Phoenix zoning board hearing officer. His opinion is here: http://www.crossroadsphx.com/pdfs/Justice%20Corcoran's%20Decision%2011-9-09.pdf
Judge Corcoran, in addition to being a former Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court served as an appellate Judge and as a Judge of the Superior Court in Maricopa County, Az. Maricopa County is, of course, that huge county in southwest Arizona made famous by Sheriff Joe Arpaio a notorious throwback to Bull Connor.
Whenever I encounter a story like this--I bear in mind, the beatitudes, especially: blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied. This is a Judge who has satisfied us all by betraying official heartlessness and cluelessness; and may his outrageousness generate an outpouring of care, mercy, and love.