Thursday, 12 June 2014
Homes not Spikes
The latest assault on the most vulnerable people in our society has manifested itself in the form of spikes outside buildings to prevent homeless people from sleeping.
This practice, which would appear to have the intention of treating homeless people as some kind of undesireables that need to be kept away from "decent people", has drawn condemnation from Tory Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who called them "selfish and stupid".
I will probably never understand why we can't look after people who have fallen on hard times to such an extent that they have to sleep rough. Nobody chooses to live this way, somehow society has failed to provide a safety net for these people. We cannot condemn people sleeping rough - none of us know their circumstances etc - there but for the grace of God go any of us.
A petition has been set up calling for the removal of these spikes, which I would urge everybody to sign.
Please pray for the homeless people living on our streets, that they may find compassion, not condemnation.