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Orthodox priest to test Orlando, FL ban on feeding homeless

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    Pensacola priest to protest Orlando s homeless-feeding rule
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2011
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      Pensacola priest to protest Orlando's homeless-feeding rule

      http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/features-the-religion-world/2011/06/29/pensacola-priest-to-protest-orlandos-homeless-feeding-rule/

      An Orthodox priest from Pensacola is coming to Orlando to lead a
      demonstration in support of a group that has faced legal trouble for feeding
      the homeless in Orlando's Lake Eola Park.

      "The criminalization of public service to the poor is to criminalize poverty
      itself," said the Rev. Nathan Monk. "The continued efforts of the City of
      Orlando to prevent distribution of food to the poor is a violation of the
      constitution at its highest form. To prevent one human from reaching out to
      help another human in need is contrary to the decency we have all been
      taught from our youth."

      Monk, of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, has scheduled the protest for
      Saturday, July 9 at 4 p.m. at Lake Eola Park. He also plans to distribute a
      hot meal of bread loaves and fish to the people present at the event.

      Monk, a homeless rights activist known to many as "Father Nathan," has set
      up a Facebook page for the event and expects a crowd of about 300 people. He
      once protested an ordinance than banned panhandling in Escambia County by
      holding a sign bearing the words "Feed the Poor" in the areas where homeless
      people had formerly gathered.

      Several members of the group Orlando Food Not Bombs have been arrested for
      violating a city rule that prohibits providing food to large groups of
      people in the city's downtown parks without a permit.
      Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has called the group's members "food terrorists."

      Monk said he supports Food Not Bombs.

      "We stand alongside Food Not Bombs and any person that wishes to distribute
      free food to those who are in need," Monk said. "Beyond this, we are
      standing up for those who are hungry and forgotten, as it is them who are
      suffering at the hands of this unjust policy."

      'Anonymous,' a computer hacking group, has also hacked three Orlando-related
      websites - including the site of the city's Chamber of Commerce - as a
      protest against the ordinance.
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