So, is the problem with alcoholic behavior or from noise? Or does the former beget the later? My take is that where there is excessive alcohol, drinking, there will be lots of noise. So, perhaps the problem is with the number of liquor & beer licenses per square foot. if Raleigh wants to revitalize the downtown and compete with other metropolitan areas, then it's got to work out a formula mix that works. Knee jerk legislations don't do that.
It seems clear to me. Any religious group should be banned from using a public building space, free, for a gathering for any purpose, under any guise. Let them use their own church's buildings. I do not pay taxes so that a religion can thrive. But I do support my taxes being used to keep Church and State strictly separated without any blurring of that line, Supreme Court or not. Any ruling to the contrary is just wrong. There are no muddy waters here. Religious organizations have enough -- let them eat their own cake. When churches pay taxes, then they may have the right to interfere with or use public spaces. Until then, the answer seems unambiguous to me.
We need to have the City Council represent *all* the people living in Raleigh. Not just the rich.
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