Bubba pulpit works wonders for arrested street preacher

May 12th, 2010 by
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By CHIP OSOWSKI | News Channel 8

TAMPA – Anthony Lowery said the Lord works in mysterious ways.

How else could the street preacher explain that he was spreading his message on – of all places – the “Bubba the Love Sponge®” radio show this morning.

Lowery, 49, was arrested last week by Lakeland police on charges of violating a noise ordinance while he was preaching at an intersection with a microphone and two large amplifiers. Officers said he refused to turn down the volume.

After shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge® Clem learned about the arrest, he invited Lowery to be on his show to preach for a half-hour.

Lowery told Clem’s listeners that he held no ill will toward law enforcement.

“I have to love those police officers,” he said. “That’s why I love Polk County. I love, hallelujah, the mayor, I love (police) Chief (Roger) Boatner. I love Grady Judd, the new sheriff in town. If you don’t get your act together in Polk County, Grady Judd will get you, and I love him.”

Lowery said he never expected to be able to preach his message to such a broad audience, but Clem extended the offer because he took issue with the officers’ actions.

“Law enforcement is discretionary, and there is a time and place to arrest somebody,” Clem said. “I would’ve probably called a supervisor out and said, ‘Hey, lets see if we can talk some reason into this guy.’ ” said Clem, who offered to pay Lowery’s legal fees.

The arresting officer should be thinking, “the last thing our agency needs and our chief of police needs is this,” Clem said.

Lowery was arrested Tuesday morning at Martin Luther King Avenue and Memorial Boulevard after two businesses and two homeowners complained, police said.

Officers considered issuing him a notice to appear in court for a noise violation but decided to arrest him when it became obvious he was going to continue violating the ordinance, police said.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Terri Smith emphasized the arrest wasn’t due to Lowery’s Christian proselytizing and that he could continue to preach at a lower volume.


One Response

  1. Jess

    The key to this whole story is exactly what Bubba said….

    “Law enforcement is discretionary, and there is a time and place to arrest somebody,”

    Well said!

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