This week, lawyers representing numerous religious groups and city officials—including Mayor Nutter—appeared in federal court to argue the constitutionality and motive of the city’s ban on feeding the homeless on parkland. Lawyers representing the religious groups argued that the ban violated the First Amendment. Mayor Nutter and company argued that the ban was put in place for the good of the homeless community and would, eventually, work to combat the problem.
UPDATE: A judge officially ruled to block enforcement of the ban for a year to give homeless service providers time to figure out a long-term solution. [Inquirer]