The state makes sure that they are also punished with hypothermia and, if all goes well, death.
Reader Michele Arnold remarks:
The city claims that this applies equally to all who are covered with blankets in public, and not just to the homeless. Let’s see how fast the jails fill up with concert-goers, stadium attendees, and babies in carriages, shall we?
“In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.” – Anatole France
If ever you take your neighbor’s garment in pledge, you shall restore it to him before the sun goes down; for that is his only covering, it is his mantle for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate. (Exodus 22:26-27)
New Atheists wonder why we should pay any attention to the thinking of a savage brutal people from a backward civilization. I sometimes wonder exactly that about the civilization in which the New Atheists live.