90-Year-Old Threatened for Feeding the Homeless

A 90-year-old episcopal pastor along with a couple other people were detained and threatened with arrest in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the crime of feeding the homeless.

Liberals are always complaining about how conservatives are a bunch of hypocrites who hate the poor and the elderly for wanting to shrink the size of government, particularly the welfare state. But when caring people try to reach out to feed the poor, they get thrown in jail and face hefty fines if they choose to ignore the threats from the police.

Now, I don’t know if this particular pastor identifies himself as a conservative, but he does believe that part of his calling is to feed the poor and the needy. The Blaze reported:

The Rev. Mark Sims of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs, Florida, told TheBlaze Wednesday about how police abruptly shut down a homeless food distribution that he was participating in over the weekend before briefly detaining him and two others.

Sims said that he was charged along with Arnold Abbott, 90, who feeds the poor through his group Love Thy Neighbor, and Pastor Dwayne Black of the Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale, with violating a new ordinance restricting food distribution to the poor.

“We got there and Arnold, who does the feeding and has been doing it for 20 years, and his crew set everything up,” Sims said of the Sunday outreach. “I was there that day to help serve [the food] … People were lined up waiting in line to be served and we started handing out plates.”

But he said that the group, which had assembled on a sidewalk outside Stranahan Park, was only able to hand out a few plates before police stepped in and shut down the operation.

“Police came up and said, ‘That’s it. That’s enough. Stop right now,’” Sims said. “We had no recourse other than to stop.”

Ironically, one of the reasons behind these types of ordinances is that feeding the homeless will make them dependent. As if the welfare state doesn’t have that exact effect, except to a much greater degree. It’s far better for the poor and needy to be dependent on others’ true compassion than on money confiscated by the government from taxpayers. It’s easy to be “generous” with other people’s money.