Two pastors and an elderly advocate for the homeless have reportedly been charged for feeding the underprivileged. The issue stems from a new city ordinance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that makes sharing food with the homeless an offense. The incident occurred on Sunday when the three men were handing out dishes of food to local homeless folks.
The cops told 90-year-old homeless advocate Arnold Abbott to drop the plate he was holding and informed all three males they would face arrest if they continued to feed those who are down on their luck. Abbott is the founder of an interfaith organization, 'Love Thy Neighbor' and was the first to be charged. He is a World War II veteran who has spent the past two decades feeding the homeless.
The two Florida pastors are Dwayne Black of The Sanctuary Church and Mark Sims of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church. All three men are facing a $500 fine and up to two months in jail. This is not the first time Abbott has tackled with authorities over homeless issues, and he isn't backing down now. He remarked, "I'm going to have to go to court again to sue the city of Fort Lauderdale, the beautiful city. These are the poorest of the poor. They have nothing. Don't have a roof over their head, and how could you turn them away?"
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