Florida Ordinance Makes It Illegal For Homeless To Use Blankets

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Being Homeless Is Not A Crime

By Father Nathan Monk

Living in Florida, we don’t often have the opportunity to use the heat setting on our thermostat, but this winter we got the chance in a big way. And as a matter of fact, so many people in my neighborhood were using heaters that it blew out the transformer.

So there I was with my wife and three kids, all of us huddled under blankets with the fireplace roaring, watching the temperature continue to drop from a comfortable 65 degrees down to 45. But outside it was 17 degrees and raining and sleeting, and if you were homeless, you had to consider that if you used a blanket to shield yourself from the elements, that you might be hauled off to jail for a violation of a local ordinance prohibiting using blankets, cardboard, or newspaper to cover yourself.

Florida Ordinance Makes It Illegal For Homeless To Use Blankets

This was part of a series of ordinances which prohibited using public restrooms for washing your face, panhandling, and “camping”. Though the mayor’s office and members of the city council tried to say that these ordinances were not targeted at the homeless, email correspondence between them and other city officials proved otherwise.

The anti-camping ordinance went the furthest in its limitation of basic civil liberties, making it essentially illegal, not only to cover yourself for any reason, but also effectively making it illegal to be homeless. It was a tough ordinance to fight, because if you opposed them, it gave the impression that you were supporting blight in the city. Not to mention the city council wasn’t interested in having the discussion. The then council president either would cut people off or have them thrown out during the public discussion.

The ordinances were passed, in spite of the public outcry.

One of the arguments that was constantly used during the limited debate about the ordinances, was that there was a “silent majority” that wanted to see these laws passed. So these people didn’t show up to the meetings or send emails that could be presented as part of the public record. Instead, they might have stopped a council person on the streets, so they claimed it had more weight than the hundreds of folks in the council chambers in protest. I decided to see how true this supposed silent majority was.

I started a petition, and within a day we had nearly 1,000 signatures opposing the ordinance. People began to ask the question, “Could this ordinance be used on me, or just the homeless?” And the answer from the legal staff of the city is that yes, this law was applicable to anyone who used a blanket or news paper to cover themselves in public. Even if you got stuck in a city park because it was raining and you tried to shield yourself, you would technically be in violation of this ordinance and subject to arrest. So would your wife and child if they laid down with a blanket at a picnic or festival.

The mayor quickly attempted to distance himself from the ordinances, placing blame on the council, even though it has been proven time and again that the memos came directly from his office, at his request. Then the mayor tried to downplay the concern of people saying that there was enough shelter, and that “no one was taking blankets away from the homeless.” But the problem is that the mayor was answering questions no one was asking, directed at accusations no one made. The issue is not that the mayor was taking away people’s blankets, because honestly that would be a violation of the illegal search and seizure clause in the constitution, but rather that someone could be arrested simply for being homeless.

The argument that there are shelters open and that they should just go there, showed exactly why the mayor shouldn’t be making policy about things which he doesn’t understand. Not only are there not enough shelter beds for everyone within the city limits, there is not even a shelter within the city limits for them to go to. If someone was to seek shelter, they would have to go into the county and have a valid ID. Not to mention that many folks don’t qualify for shelters for other reasons and many won’t patronize them because they are veterans who suffer from PTSD.

The major shelter in town only allows for people to stay three days a month, unless they join their drug rehabilitation and Christian indoctrination program. This is the only solution the city is willing to put forward. No matter if someone ends up on the streets due to bad decision, disability, a poor economy, or if they simply just prefer living outside to dealing with the trappings of the modern life, it should go without saying that they have an absolute right to cover themselves with a blanket.

The idea that something as basic as covering oneself from the elements could land them in jail is just about as far away from the founding documents as it gets. Then again, it is easy to pick on people that don’t have a voice. But as the poem goes, “and then they came for me.” To help fight the ordinance visit the change.org petition here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-ashton-haward-stop-the-no-blankets-for-the-homeless-ordinance

Father Nathan Monk lives in Pensacola, Florida and studied Theology at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Seminary.

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13 Responses

  1. killerwatt says:

    Come to think of it I have not seen any panhandlers this winter in Orlando, FL. We also have a village idiot for mayor “BUDDY DYER” or BOZZO would be more applicable. He is right now bullying a mission on property they want for expanding the fan zone at the new arena for the Majic Basketball team.. Hid BULLY efforts to tear down this mission under imminent domain laws will displace more homeless into the streets with no place to go.

  2. Friday McDanger says:

    This now has got to be the very height of insanity where our diabolically misguided laws and lawmakers are concerned. Stand up for the homeless! Let’s have a mass “Blanket Protest” and tell these idiotic psychopaths running amok in our halls of governement just where they can stick their sick, dehumanizing laws!!!

  3. Linda says:

    note to readers, forgive me for my terrible typing.

  4. Linda says:

    I am afraid that the brain damaged have taken over the asylum! It”t time to incarcerate each one everytime they pass a law of such idiotic and mean magnitude. I have noted quite a few articles that regard some really isane ordinances. Just take a look at California and NYC. And the disease is spreading!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. 5 War Veteran says:

    Perhaps the Mayo needs his elite ass to be homeless?

  6. Anonymous says:

    The Florida mayor and members of the Council without a doubt prove themselves to be the willing “patsies” for the U.N. and Agenda 21 that they look for and pretend to “value”. To the NWO, no really matters except the TOP ECHELON who use anyone they can to further their ageda. Sadly, they don’t realize that they have been taken for a ride as well, and unless they sell their souls over the worldly god, Lucifer, like the hollywod pop stars have done they are rubbish to them! Only the UPPER RULERS of the “Elite” will have the control, and the rest will all be slaves. It sure takes a long time before millions so-called intelligent people to WAKE UP doesn’t it!? PakAlertPress explains the whole story: “Understanding and Dismantling the Global Control System”, excellent reading, if they/people would spend the time to educate themselves, pray and think about it. Can’t miss it, really.

  7. Elaina says:

    This entire world has gone mad. People think they can participate in acts like this or turn a blind eye and it won’t matter. People are living like their life and needs are all that matter. No concern for anyone else or their situation. It is all about those who have controlling the lives of others. I am ashamed to be human and living in this world. Our Creator never wanted humans to be evil with cold hearts, but more and more people are choosing to serve themselves over our Creator everyday! This is not my home, this is not where I belong.

  8. doesntmatter says:

    i wake up everyday to more and more fruitions of lucifers works…which confirms more and more that he is indeed ruling this world with legions of help. that in turn encourages me to draw even closer to and appreciate the only savior capable of saving…Yeshua…and thank God I don’t need any man whatsoever to draw close to even my Him my Father, Yahweh. yes, Yeshua is the one and only source to peace, guidance, protection, and safety…anyone and anything else is a complete fraud and blasphemous, when attempting to overstep that boundary.

  9. B. Smith says:

    Interesting commentary, especially from a monk that appears not to like the “Christian indoctrination” part of local shelter. No mention is made of which county this is …. ??? How close to home is this happening?

  10. charlesallan says:

    As much as ye did it unto to these ye did it unto me…..Jesus. America is losing Christian charity but the mega churches are overflowing with money ” ….. and need nothing” … Revelations on the Laodecian church.

    but they are actually poor blind and naked in the spiritual sense not helping the widow and orphan.

    Sodom was destroyed for many evils but they also had a lack of charity – even killing and beating strangers in need and killing beggars and the poor – there is much Apocrypha about this.
    The good Samaritan did not ask the injured man what denomination he belonged to before he helped him ….but the Pharisees did in their minds and walked past.

    • doesntmatter says:

      majority of churches, from mega to small town, have little do with Christ if you look behind the scenes (if you even have to do that)…which is why he has claimed a body/congregation of different ppl as his church. it is not, and he has never claimed, a manmade religion/ church…red flag #1 for all “churchgoers” and religious fanatics.

      everyone is personally responsible for the poor and the widows…I don’t care if you have millions, or $5…a preacher or a waitress. if you had on a nice warm hat as you walked past the guy in that pic up there, and the guy wasn’t wearing the hat by the time you were back inside your warm humble abode, youre not taking your humane responsibility for the poor.

      america is the modern day sodom and gomorrah, but on steroids…everyone either know it or soon will know it, cause the outcome is going to be on steroids as well.

      • Christlivestoday says:

        While this is just more proof to me that satan is here, right now and more in our faces than ever. God has woken up something in me to serve His hurting people is ways I never thought I could.

        With that said, I call on you to quit blaming mega churches as part of the problem. I go to a large church that has more ability to serve throughout the community the larger it gets. You think that because if a church gets bigger that it gets more selfish? Perhaps God blesses that church and more people come because the word of God is being spoken and lives are being changed. Don’t go pointing your finger at some institution you know nothing about unless you either one- have all the facts to back it up or two- have a faultless record of reaching out and serving Gods people yourself.

      • Elaina says:

        You are so right about churches. Most are not following God’s will. They have become more of the world and satin’s rule . Don’t be deceived by the casual words Christian and church as they no longer represent truth. A Christian is not a name, it is a way of life. A church is not a building , it is the entire number of people on earth who follow God’s will over their own. The church is His army. You can’t serve in both armies. While at least 70% of Americans call themselves Christians, if that were true! we would not have the problems we do in this country. Politics and government are not the answer as God tells us. It begins in the heart of each human. If we were all following g God, we would not need laws as God already gave them to us.

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