Backyard Chickens Get to Stay in Mayfield | WNEP.com
MAYFIELD -- A man in Lackawanna County has won his fight to keep his backyard chickens. Mayfield has changed the law when it comes to chickens, ...
From a June 11, 2016 comment in the "COMMENT" section of this report:
With the approach of “Flag Day”, June 14th, and the 4th of July, Dennis McLain’s $600.00 “fight to keep his backyard chickens”, the eggs of which “can’t be sold”, becomes a “teachable moment”. There are questions that need to be answered. But, first some background.
In 1954, during the Eisenhower administration, Congress added the words, ‘under God,’ to the Pledge of Allegiance. In so doing, the Pledge became both a patriotic oath and a public prayer. The Pledge reads:
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
This change confirmed the first paragraph of the 1776 “Declaration of Independence” which clearly expounded the problematic causes which impelled “one people” to separate from a feudalistic form of governance and, succinctly, provided a two-step remedy. The Declaration reads:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to (1) dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to (2) assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, . . . “
Given that the immutable “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” are common to mankind and, as applied to one’s neighbor, consistent with each of the Ten Commandments let’s take a look at the third of those commandments which reads:
“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” Exo_20:7, Deut 5:11 (KJV)
Now, use the given historical background, and this “teachable moment” provided by McLain, and answer the following questions:
– Why did Dennis McLain have to “fight” for the “Liberty” of which he is entitled?
– For whose benefit has McLain been prohibited from marketing his efforts and pursuing the happiness that comes therefrom?
– Because the Ten Commandments are equated with the common laws of God, are not ordinances which prohibit one’s ability to profit from the stewardship of his or her own entitlement hypocritical in light of the Pledge of Allegiance and the 3rd Commandment?
– In Lackawanna County, who is allowing ordinances that are contrary to our nation’s founding principles to be enacted?
Chickens rules in Mayfield
Here are highlights of Mayfield’s backyard chicken ordinance:
■ $20 annual permit for up to four confined hens.
■ Consent required from either immediate neighbors or 75 percent of property owners within 100 feet.
■ Coops and runs must be odor-free beyond property line.
■ Eggs may not be sold.
■ Chickens may not be used for meat.
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