After Episcopal minister Mark Sims was charged several times for feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, local, prominent attorneys have decided to fight back on his behalf by suing the city.
Sims is one of the first to be charged with feeding the homeless under the new city law that prohibits such charitable deeds, unless at specific, government designated facilities. Feeding the homeless in public is now completely illegal under the city ordinances. But local attorneys Bill Scherer and Bruce Rogow say that this law is completely illegal and unconstitutional.
The attorneys explain that the law not only violates the U.S. Constitution but also the Florida Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“This statute, this law in the city, is unconstitutional,” Scherer explained in an interview this week with Local 10 News
“The entire constitution that we learn in law school – freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process, equal protection,” Scherer explained protect Sims’ actions.
“It’s nonsense. It’s trying to restrict the feeding programs so the homeless will not gather (in public), and will go somewhere else so we will not see them,” Scherer continued.
“The homeless people are not being treated equally with the rest of the community,” he concluded.
The hearing for the lawsuit is expected sometime in the coming week.
(Article by Jackson Marciana)