A Christian faces possible sanctions by officials in Glendale,
Arizona, for trying to provide food to the needy. The Rutherford
Institute has intervened on behalf of the individual.
Millie Ramirez, as a part of her walk with Christ, has collected
food from area grocers and made them available to hurting
Institute founder John Whitehead tells OneNewsNow why the city
has objected to Ramirez's work of charity.
"She had neighbors she knew who were
out of work and some homeless people nearby, so she just started
putting a shelf at the end of her driveway and allowing people to
come up and get the food, and now she's been cited by Glendale city
officials," he says.
"They've been harassing her and they say that what she's doing
is violating a city code, saying that she's putting furniture on
her front lawn."
But the so-called "furniture" is on the driveway and is taken
down after the food is distributed. Glendale officials suggest
Ramirez is violating the city code by storing materials outside her
home and that her charitable activities represent illegal home
occupation and illegal land use and are unlawful because she does
not have a business license.
"The amazing thing is every day for the last week she's had
police and city officials drive by and they're taking pictures of
her just to document their case," Whitehead declares. "The only
reason, I believe, they haven't moved in and shut down her storage
is because we're threatening a lawsuit."
If a lawsuit does ensue, explains the attorney, it will be based
on freedom of religion and the constitutional right to due