It can get hot in Arizona. And one Christian group thought they’d do a public service and give away free water to passersby. The temperature reportedly got to as high as 112 degrees.
But according to Phoenix officials, this Christian group was in volation of city code. Why? Because they did not have a vendor’s permit.
The Christian group claims that a vendor’s permit is only applicable if you sell a product. The group was clearly giving away the free product.
Story also on ChristianNews.net.
Dana Crow-Smith, a Christian, was assembled with other Christians at a Phoenix “First Friday” festival in July to publicly express her Christian faith and engage willing passersby in conversations about their religious beliefs. Having read a Bible passage referencing the importance of small acts of kindness such as offering water to the thirsty (Matthew 10:42), Crow-Smith was further moved to offer cold bottles of water to people at the Festival who were braving the desert’s scorching 112-degree heat.
In challenging the City’s assertions, attorneys for The Rutherford Institute point out that as these provisions are expressly limited to the sale of goods, they clearly do not apply to Crow-Smith’s act of charitably giving away water. Institute attorneys are demanding that City officials issue a formal, written apology to Crow-Smith, assure her in writing that no City officials will interfere in the future with her distribution of water…