After a homeless man dipped into the church’s cookie jar, First Baptist Church of Royal Palm Beach in Florida had him arrested–for his own good, church officials say. The unnamed man, seeking assistance from the church, entered the church through an unlocked door. Once he entered the building, he saw a cookie jar and helped himself to the cookies inside.
A cleaning person happened upon the man and called 911. After a church employee showed up, it was decided that the First Baptist Church would demonstrate Christian charity by having the homeless man locked up for the theft of the cookies, which are valued at $2.25.
The church claims that the decision to press charges was done with the homeless man’s best interests at heart because it was decided on the scene that the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The church officials and the police officer who pushed for the arrest decided that bringing the troubled young man – who was thrown out by his family onto the streets because of an alleged “destructive and disruptive lifestyle” is best helped by being incarcerated and pulled “into the system” because, as we all know, the best way to help an (emotionally) troubled person possibly struggling with substance abuse is by locking him up behind bars in our our gracious for-profit prison system, giving him a criminal record so he will definitely have a hard time finding employment later with a tarnished record like that and throwing away the key.
The church admitted (see below) that it has contacts with rehabilitation programs that could have helped this person instead of having him incarcerated for stealing a cookie when he was hungry, but alas, the church claims, in very Christ-like fashion, that having the man arrested still “seemed reasonable.”
Yeah, just like Jesus would have done.
Well, it is a good thing that Atheists are the least trusted entity in this country, just a notch under rapists, because they do not believe in a higher power and therefore are the ones without morals. Unlike this church and its followers who clearly get their morality directly from god.