Just as a salvo was fired in the cultural war with the recent election, people who genuinely care about the homeless have been pushing back against the elites in Bucks County, PA who don’t want to hold homeless people accountable for their behavior. Although at the district court today the case against members of the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN), the Redeemer Lutheran Church and an individual church member was dismissed, no only is the fight in court not over but it sent a message that good people will not just do nothing when a wrong is committed.
A default judgment against T-Rex, the homeless drunk who started the problem when he verbally and physically attacked the victim who filed the suit in district court and others was entered, and moved to the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. T-Rex remains in the Bucks County Prison.
The Only Thing Necessary for Evil to Triumph?
The travesty that occurred at Redeemer Lutheran was influenced by false witness, a spark that was ignited by a formerly homeless woman who spread lies about the victim. She told people in the homeless community that the guy was a sexual predator. When I started looking after a sick homeless woman, she told her to watch out for me because I “grab homeless women”, implying that I exploit them. When we used to hang out at a fast food restaurant, she tried to get my friend to sit with her – “with the girls” on the other side of the restaurant.
The gossip also told me to keep from friend away from the victim of her lies, because he is a predator.
There were also rumors that the victim of T-Rex betrayed the locations where homeless people were camping. One such area, behind the Levittown Public Library and the Homeless Shelter, was cleared out, according to Chief Bucks County Ranger Steve Long, because of drug use and warrants against people camping in the woods. Another homeless eviction where the victim was accused of “ratting out” the homeless also has no basis in fact. LevittownNow.com reported that neighbors in that area had been complaining about the homeless in those woods.
Sometime after the news report T-Rex’s victim, who was at a district court for another reason, sat in on a hearing about evicting the homeless from the woods behind Michael’s Carpet.
At that fateful community meal at Redeemer Lutheran, http://redeemerlutheranpenndel.org/ the guy talked with some friends about the pending eviction, and mentioned that the RV, that was allegedly donated, was calling unwanted attention to the homeless camp. T-Rex, who was sitting a few seats away, who was clearly drunk, made snarky remarks. “What kind of a life do you have,” T-Rex snarled, “that you go to court hearings?”
At one point T-Rex started cursing at the victim. Noticing my look of disapproval, T-Rex threatened to jump over the table and beat me up. “Don’t look at me like that!”, he demanded.
A woman who was there with her husband, politely but firmly told T-Rex “you are spoiling my dinner.”
“I don’t care; f*** you”, T-Rex snapped.
T-Rex closed in and started lunging at the man, who was civilly talking with friends. A few men at Redeemer Lutheran had to physically restrain T-Rex. As one man was retraining the reptile with a record, T-Rex snarled “who do you think you are? Don’t touch me!”
At one point, T-Rex was ushered to the opposite end of the big room, accompanied by Christine and Dave from AHTN. The police came. Nobody asked the victim or anyone sitting at his table what happened. But the police told the victim he had to leave immediately, because the host, whose members talked with Christine, said he had to leave.
The victim was banned from the bus “for his own protection.” Yet T-Rex was not.
There was also gossip circulating among the homeless community that the victim was bad mouthing the homeless. This further inflamed the homeless community’s Lynch mob mentality.
The next time the victim went to the community meal at Redeemer Lutheran, he was told he was banned. After pressing the host for the reason, he said it was that he was saying bad things about the homeless. Another church member who worked in the food pantry echoed these sediments.
I didn’t hear what Christine said to the host, but somehow Redeemer Lutheran got the idea that the victim was saying bad things about the homeless.
T-Rex continued to go to the meals at Redeemer Lutheran.
At a later community meal at another church, T-Rex came up behind me and yelled “keep my name off your f-ing blog!” AHTN members and some hosts were sitting at the table. Hearing this, Barbara from AHTN, who was in the dark about the dangerous monster, said that T-Rex should be banned from the bus.
For awhile, T-Rex acted civilly, but it didn’t last long.
He got banned for another two weeks.
The day he the ban was over, he acted up at another meal, this time knocking the man who filed charges against him, the church, and AHTN to the ground, and cut his head. Someone called the police. A homeless guy told the woman not to call the police.
T-Rex was captured after being on the run for weeks and landed in jail.
AHTN knew about T-Rex’s behavior for some time, but just kept slapping him on the wrist, not holding him accountable for his behavior, as did Redeemer Lutheran. By fiat, these institutions act like if you charge a homeless person with a crime you are going after all of them. Evidently, AHTN didn’t want to fall out of favor with the homeless Lynch mob, and the church went along with them, and created a scapegoat. By their actions, AHTN is keeping the homeless down, exactly where they want them, cattle that keeps them in business.
AHTN will not keep law and order in the homeless community, so Marshal Matt Dillon came to town to stop the Lynch mob.
By not holding the homeless accountable for their behavior, the homeless will think that criminal behavior is acceptable. They are now finding that there are consequences for bad behavior.
What’s sad is that the homeless get hurt. Today, AHTN and Redeemer Lutheran were let off the hook but T-Rex was given a default judgment. He didn’t have the opportunity to defend himself. He was not given a certified civil complaint until Friday, hence he was not given enough time to respond, unlike the ones who helped enable his behavior, who had plenty of time to react and whose wrongdoing was not taken seriously by the district judge.
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. —Proverbs 18:13