Phoenix bans woman from giving out free water in 112 degree heat

Dana Crow-Smith 
By: Sarah Weiss 

(Scroll down for video) Even though it was 112 degrees, a city in the U.S. has banned a woman from giving out free water bottles.

The city of Phoenix, is now facing a possible lawsuit after a woman said a city worker told her she could not give away free water without permission.

Dana Crow-Smith said that she was handing out bottles of water in the heat along with others in an attempt to share her Christian beliefs with people attending a party in downtown last month, when a city worker ordered them to stop. She said that the worker told the group they will be fined for handing out water if they did not have permission.

"It was very hot and we wanted to show the love of God with a small act of kindness. This was a great way to do that without pushing down someone's throat," said Crow-Smith.

Now, a civil liberties organization is threatening to sue the city on behalf Crow-Smith, saying her First Amendment rights to freely practice her religion were violated.

"It's a sad day when local government officials prohibit Americans from such acts of charity as giving water to the thirsty in their city," said John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Institute President.

The city had no comment as of Monday night.



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