The Socialist Republic of Philadelphia

By Christopher Harper

The Socialist Republic of Philadelphia, where I live, has launched two attacks in recent months—one against a neighborhood to force a safe injection site there and the other against the Catholic Church to force it to place foster children with same-sex couples.

In a city where you have to pay an extra tax on soda pop because it can cause people to gain weight, hypodermic needles were going to be free. But that’s how the Democrats run Philly, a place where you could toss a hand grenade in virtually any direction without injuring a Republican.

The idea of the safe-injection sites is to get heroin, fentanyl, and other drug use off of public streets and into medically supervised facilities. The organizers, a nonprofit called Safehouse, argued that the site would reduce overdose deaths, prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C, limit drug-related crime, and offer addicts a range of social, legal, and housing services.

In February, a federal judge cleared the way for a site, which would be the first in the country, with the support of Mayor Jim Kenney.

Most observers had expected the site to be located in Kensington, a North Philadelphia neighborhood that has long been a haven for drug users. The organization, however, decided to open up in South Philadelphia near Broad Street, one of the major thoroughfares in the city.

But neighborhood residents got the nonprofit and its supporters to back down—at least for the time being.

City Councilman Mark Squilla, who initially supported the site, accused Safehouse directors of choosing a facility location under “the cloak of darkness” without consulting the council or residents.

U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain, who plans to appeal the court ruling, said: “We believe that Safehouse’s proposed activity threatens to institutionalize the scourge of illegal drug use—and all the problems that come with it—in Philadelphia neighborhoods.”

In another court battle, the City of Philadelphia wants to force a Catholic foster agency to place children with same-sex couples—a practice that violates church teachings. 

The case, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, is the latest battle between the claims of same-sex couples and those who disagree on the grounds of religious beliefs. The case is broadly similar to that of a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The court found in favor of the baker in that case. 

The city stopped placements with the agency, Catholic Social Services, after a 2018 article in The Philadelphia Inquirer described its policy against placing children with same-sex couples. The agency and several foster parents sued the city, saying the decision violated their First Amendment rights to religious freedom and free speech.

Nevertheless, a unanimous three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Philadelphia, ruled against the agency. The city was entitled to require compliance with its nondiscrimination policies, the court said.

The case is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is likely to hear arguments next fall.  

Just Voted for Trump In Massachusetts…

…I was the 28th vote at my location although there was a fellow behind me about to vote Democrat.

Despite it being a warm and sunny day there was nobody holding any signs for any candidate at the entrance to the polling place which is very odd.

I’ve only seen two signs in Fitchburg yards the entire election season, both for Elizabeth Warren.

Because Deval Patrick’s name is 1st on the ballot and everyone knows him I expect a few votes to go his way.

I don’t get out of work till midnight & don’t have a phone so I won’t know the results till after I get home but that’s OK.

5 One Liners Under the Fedora

Given that the South Carolina Primary is the 1st Primary Race Joe Biden has won in all of his attempts at the Presidency what does that say about his chances of success against Donald Trump?

One side effect of the Corona Virus is that when nobody shows up for Chargers home games this season the front office will have a ready made excuse.

I don’t understand how anyone with any knowledge of the history of Communism can be surprised at this NY Post story concerning China’s decision to cover-up the existence of the Corona virus when first alerted at the start of the year?

I know a lot of us get peeved at the seemingly insane media bias of folks on CNN & MSNBC but if the difference between a regular six or seven figure paycheck was your willingness to spit out that kind of junk wouldn’t you think twice about risking it in a thin journalism market?

Funny how the list of big liberals getting destroyed by #metoo keeps growing.