“Precisely How You’re Not Supposed to Treat Churches”

Is what a Seattle Times article quotes a constitutional law professor as saying about the new Tent City ordinances. Local clergy are saying the highly restrictive new law limits their right to minister to the homeless.

A church exercising its rights, allegedly.

“At issue is the Mercer Island clergy’s religious right to host the homeless encampment as part of its ministry. Law experts say that hosting a homeless encampment is a protected religious activity and that cities are required to use the least restrictive means necessary to regulate such camps.

City officials say the ordinance is supposed to ensure the encampment and its residents are respectful of residents and neighborhoods.”

Vociferous, impassioned debate: go.


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