90 Year Old Christian Pastor Arrested For…Feeding The Homeless!?

What the hell is wrong with Florida law enforcement officials?

I wish the title of this post were merely click-bait, but apparently, a 90 year old pastor was really arrested for handing out food to the homeless.

I kid you freaking not.

“A 90-year-old man is facing up to 60 days in jail for feeding the needy due to a new law that bans people in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from meal-sharing with the public.

Arnold Abbott risks being fined $500 and spending time in prison after police officers apprehended him while he was handing out meals to homeless people in a park on Sunday.

He was arrested and charged along with two ministers from the Sanctuary Church, which prepares hundreds of meals to dish out every week in their kitchen, while shocked onlookers shouted to officers “shame on you!” in a video published by NY Daily News.

Mr Abbott said: “One of police officers came over and said ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as if I was carrying a weapon.”

Drop that plate?

Was it loaded? Was he threatening the officers with deadly Cornishware?

Come on, Florida. Is this really what you want your law enforcement officials working on? Shouldn’t those officers be looking for real criminals?

Of course, the officers in question could have handled the whole situation a lot better, while still upholding the ridiculous law. Instead of ordering the elderly pastor to ‘drop that plate’, they could have explained the law and asked him to move. Instead, they decided to needlessly arrest him.

Look, I don’t give a crap whether you’re religious or non-religious. We need more people handing out food to the hungry. Not less. We shouldn’t be penalizing the ones who are trying to help those in need. If you want to see a real-life hero, look no further than this pastor who tirelessly hands out hundreds of meals every single week.

We should be applauding him.

Not cuffing him.



  1. That law in Fort Lauderdale is modeled off the one in Orlando that got upheld in Federal court while I was in law school down there. Homeless people are quite marginalized in Florida, as they are viewed to interfere with tourism. And sales tax from sales to tourists counts as a huge chunk of the state’s annual budget.

    My criminal law professor had a lot of stuff to say about this law, and I was inclined to agree that the law should have been held unconstitutional. Sadly, the thing was settled before I even knew it was going on. Otherwise, I would have offered to volunteer to help write the briefs.

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