06 November 2014

90-year-old man arrested in the US for feeding the homeless

Last Sunday afternoon, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott prepared some 300 lunches to give to homeless people in his city — a way for him to “love thy neighbor,” he said. And about three meals into his giveaway, local police ordered him to stop, as he knew they would. 

“One of the police officers said, ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as if I were carrying a weapon,” he told WPLG-TV Local 10.

It was essentially an act of civil disobedience. Abbott runs a nonprofit organization called Love Thy Neighbor. He has been feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for more than 20 years and says he’s not going to stop now. “It’s man’s inhumanity to man is all it is.” 

Dwayne Black, pastor of the Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale, and Mark Sims of St Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs, Florida, were arrested along with Abbott and must now appear in court to explain their actions.

The three were charged with violating a new ordinance passed last month that restricts charitable groups from passing out food to homeless people in public. They face a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

It’s the fifth ordinance passed in Fort Lauderdale in the past six months that sets restrictions on the city’s homeless.

Read more… Fort Lauderdale cracks down on feeding homeless in public [Washington Post]

The Lord says: "The kind of fasting I want is this: Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free. Share your food with the hungry and open your homes to the homeless poor. Give clothes to those who have nothing to wear, and do not refuse to help your own relatives.” Isaiah 58

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