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What The Evacuees Really Need Is More Christianity

Reported by Ellen - September 9, 2005

Franklin Graham (son of Rev. Billy Graham) appeared on Hannity & Colmes last night for the third time since the hurricane began. As the same video of people holding hands and praying was shown yet again, Graham and Christian singer Michael W. Smith told FOX News viewers that while there's a role for government in disaster relief, it's just as important, if not more important, for churches to be involved. Hmm, do I detect a GOP trial balloon about privatizing disaster relief here?

Graham told Alan Colmes, "The real story down here are... the churches, Alan, that are taking these people in by the thousands all across the United States. You see, the government can provide a shelter and that's really important but it's the church that can give a home and give a second chance to these people - give them another chance at life - and that's what they need."

Michael W. Smith went a step further. "I think if every church responded, we wouldn't have anybody left in the Astro Dome or in the convention centers. All this would be taken care of."

Graham: All over the gulf coast you're hearing people say, "Thank you, God, for saving our life. They're giving God the praise and the glory.

FOX News is so in synch with the GOP that it's hard to imagine that this sudden evangelism isn't a signal for what's coming down the pike from the Bush Administration. Look for Bush to push a greater role for churches and God in disaster-relief.

Comment: As a non-Christian, I am deeply offended by the idea of my government handing over disaster relief to a church. If, God-forbid, my home should be wrecked by wildfire or flood (it's at risk for both), I want my relief to be non-denominational.

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