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Sheep, Goats, and Bureaucrats

“He will … say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels, for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink'” (Matthew 25:41-42).

“Well, you see, Lord, I couldn’t feed you, because Fairfax County wouldn’t let me.”

Few things in life are as comforting as a home-cooked meal. Sadly, Fairfax County, Virginia, has decided that home cooking presents a threat to homeless people and is thwarting northern Virginians’ efforts to feed their neighbors in need, The Washington Post reports this morning.

The County is starting to enforce a health code according to which food served to the public must be prepared in kitchens that have been inspected by Health Department snoops and found to maintain the requisite commercial-grade refrigerators, three-compartment sinks for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing dishes, and separate sinks for washing hands.

In other words, meals made by generous middle-class moms just aren’t good enough for local soup kitchens. Neither is food prepared in church kitchens that don’t meet commercial restaurant standards.

Naturally, this means that many families and churches will have to stop donating meals to homeless shelters.

Only a government bureaucrat could believe that the way to help the needy is to turn American generosity into a scarce resource.