On his November 7 edition of “The Trews” Russell Brand weighed in on a recent situation in Florida, in which a 90-year-old Fort Lauderdale man was arrested for violating a new city ordinance prohibiting citizens from feeding the homeless.
Arnold Abbott, head of the Love Thy Neighbor group, has been feeding the homeless for more than two decades. Last Sunday, Abbott and two pastors, Mark Sims and Dwayne Blackhand, were arrested for violating the new ordinance when they handed out food to the homeless on a public sidewalk.
“These values now aren’t the preserve of extreme activists, loonies in Anonymous masks tipping over police vans — they’re the values of elderly old war veteran men, because the values we’re talking about are just compassion and fairness.”
“Clearly, what Jesus was really into was having guns, and not having abortions, and not being gay,” Brand said. “Those are his main priorities. But after he made sure that everyone had a gun, no one had an abortion, and nobody was gay, he had a little think about the poor people and whether they needed anything.”
“Sharing is one of the most important Christian values. Looking after each other is a Christian value,” Brand said, adding that “Christianity and morality of all kind to protect their own corporate interests.”
“At no point,” Brand added, “do people think, ‘We can divert some of this wealth and affluence at the top of the pyramid towards vulnerable people.’ They never think, ‘That could be me.’ They just assume ‘That person is naturally inferior.’” Brand noted that homeless “could be ended with the money Americans spend on Christmas decorations.”
“Let’s bear in mind that America just had midterm elections where $4 billion was spent on campaigning — which is just telling you that something’s good. But feeding the homeless? That’s illegal,” Brand said in conclusion.
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