Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mustn't wear faith-based T-shirt on camera?

Apology after Congressman raises the issue
"The top officer for FEMA said one of the agency's videographers was "absolutely wrong" to ask Mississippi church volunteers not to wear religious T-shirts for a video about tornado cleanup.

Angelia Lott and Pamela Wedgeworth, who are sisters, told The Associated Press that the FEMA worker videotaping the cleanup on Saturday in the small town of Ebenezer asked them to do on-camera interviews but requested that they change out of their T-shirts because of a Salvation Army logo.

"He said, 'We would like to ask you to change your shirt because we don't want anything faith-based,'" Lott said Tuesday.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate said in a statement issued Monday that the man's actions "in no way reflect FEMA's policies or priorities." "The photographer in question was absolutely wrong," Fugate said.

Fugate also apologized to Crossgates Baptist and to the Salvation Army.

U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., is a member of Crossgates Baptist and said he was distressed to hear volunteers had been asked to hide expressions of their faith. Harper said Fugate called to assure him that FEMA does not discriminate against religious groups.

Harper said Fugate told him the photographer had been fired.



Anonymous said...

"the man's actions "in no way reflect FEMA's policies or priorities."

Yeah, right! FEMA is just following the policies set forth by the Marxist administration in the White House. And has anyone seen proof that this person was really fired?

Anonymous said...

I bet he was fired as a photographer for FEMA ... and moved somewhere higher up in the administration for his anti-religious, socialist views.

Anonymous said...

probably Director of Faith-Based Initiatives!

Anonymous said...

If (when) religion, and the love of God are erased from Amerika, something those on the Left are working very hard to accomplish, it won't be the fault of the lying, corrupt officials in DC, nor will it be the fault of the radical, anti-God Left. It will be the fault of the weak, mindless, and gullible American people for allowing it to happen.

Anonymous said...

Have faith - religion can't be erased so long as people ARE gullible!