Woman uses Texas ‘religious freedom’ law to fight $2,000 fine for feeding the homeless

A San Antonio, Texas woman is planning to use her states “religious freedom” law to fight a fine she received for feeding homeless people at a local park.

A San Antonio, Texas woman is planning to use her state’s “religious freedom” law to fight a fine she received for feeding homeless people at a local park.

According to a report from the San Antonio Express News, Joan Cheever said that police ticketed her last week for distributing food from a vehicle other than the food truck she normally operates. The fine was a total of $2,000.

From Express News:

Cheever is scheduled to go before Municipal Court on June 23, but she remained defiant after receiving the citation, arguing that under the 1999 Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, she has a right to serve food to the homeless because she considers it a free exercise of her religion.

“One of the police officers said, ‘Ma’am, if you want to pray, go to church,’” Cheever told WOAI-TV. “And I said, ‘This is how I pray — when I cook this food and deliver it to the people who are less fortunate.’”

Watch WOAI-TV’s report on the story on the video below:

Featured image credit: Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News



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    April 16, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Good for her, it’s a stupid law anyway. It’s about time religion did some actual good in Texas!

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    Martin Pollard

    April 16, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I hope she wins, and points out the stupidity of these unnecessary laws (well, unnecessary unless your whole aim is to legally discriminate against people). It’s a perfect example of shoot-from-the-lip wingnuts not thinking things through.

    What I *really* want to see is a Muslim or a Jew use this law to refuse service to a Christian. THAT would make RWNJs heads explode so big you could see them from the ISS!

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    Leroy Poudrier

    April 16, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    laws are stupid,when they persecute them inside the fence line.
    laws are good,when they persecute them out side of our fence line.
    i wonder why that is?

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    April 17, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    This matter goes back further than the recent “Religious Freedom” laws, but rather all the way back to the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which asserts our right to the free expression of our religion. Feeding the poor is an essential part of following Jesus.

    Roger Wolsey, author, “Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity”

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    April 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I’m sorry, but i think the intention of this law was to hurt gays and not help the homeless.

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    April 18, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Wait…there is ACTUALLY a law that prohibits this? Really, Texas? Shame on you! I can’t even begin to imagine how this law would pass into existence. You’ve convinced me that Texas politicians have NO compassion whatsoever, and you have lost all credibility to EVER quote the Bible again!

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