Since you asked.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
See that pesky little phrase about freedom of speech. That is the part of the constitution I referenced. The city attorney knows that this law violates the constitution so he has spent the last year trying to find a way around the law. He is acting no different than a child who asks mom for cookies before bed and after being told no asks dad for cake.
Whether this city likes it or not, "beggars" have the same rights as everyone else.
The B-word got enough attention to deserve an article. Why wouldn't it be used. Money is the only thing downtown businesses understand. Don't like the Boycott? Post a sign outside your business stating your objection to the big brother overreach of the city council and mayor
We love you Dave
Did you guys get lost on your way to the Gazette? I thought this was the local progressive paper. The ACLU is protecting the constitution. It is that little piece of paper that half this town swore to protect.
I can summarize everything said by the people commenting above. Screw the constitution, who needs it? You do not have a right to be comfortable. It is not the governments job to make all of the scary poor people go away.
I hope this one cost the city millions. If I have to be plaintiff myself, I will. Many of these people served in the military this city lies about supporting. As soon as they don't have money to spend the business hypocrites here want them to disappear.
The city council spoke of the high crime rate in the area, but failed to mention that most of it comes from drunk youth staggering down Tejon on the way home from one of the bars. It just so happens many are military. Is the city council going to ban young GI's next?
Congratulations on making yourself a national laughing stock once again Colorado Springs.
That same passage comes with a threat to those who didn't give to the least of these will and I quote ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
This city is filled with people who have sworn to protect the constitution from enemies foreign and DOMESTIC. We have clearly seen enemies of the 1st amendment sitting on their city throne casting judgement on the poor, many of which fought to protect the constitution the council despises.
I guess since the bible says it, I can reaffirm it. DAMN the city council for this decision.
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