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After Red Cross Tells Off-Duty Cop He Can’t Pray With Flood Victims, He Has a Poignant Response

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H/T Independent Journal Review.

I can remember when I was about 11 or 12 there was a fire on Packing House Row in Goulds,FL.

There was about three miles of different produce packing house that caught on fire.

The Red Cross was one one side of US 1 selling coffee,doughnuts and sandwiches to the firemen while The Salvation Army was giving the same items to the firemen. 

Clay Higgins is a reserve Lafayette, Louisiana, city marshal, so when the “Great Flood” hit his community earlier this month, he responded the only way he knew how — with prayer.

In a viral Facebook video, Capt. Higgins explains that he believes turning to God is truly a warranted response:

“This flood is biblical in proportion and I believe it certainly calls for a biblical response.”
Higgins, who’s also running for Congress, says Louisiana and America are places where neighbors rally together to help one another in their time of need, and he’s seen much of that in the past few weeks.
But when he stopped by the Heymann Center in Lafayette to visit with displaced flood victims, Red Cross volunteers reportedly made him leave after he began comforting and praying with the evacuees.

“Our First Amendment rights include the freedom of religion and the free practice thereof. But moreover, man, bigger than our own First Amendment, what’s wrong with offering love and prayer to people that are in a shelter?”
Nancy Malone, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross, told The Advocate that her organization has a policy “intended to be respectful of all faiths,” but things would have been different for Higgins if he simply would have approached managers about the issue.

What’s interesting is that the Red Cross even has a Spiritual Prayer Team in place that responds to natural disasters. According to its website:

All spiritual care responders are trained to provide appropriate and respectful disaster spiritual care in line with Red Cross fundamental principles of impartiality and neutrality. It’s best to let the survivors follow their own beliefs. Some welcome prayer while others don’t.

“We’re never there to proselytize. We’re there to honor their feelings,” said Joe Bozzelli from the Cincinnati, Ohio area. “So many times, we’re told ‘thanks for listening’ and it’s such a relief to be told that.”
While prayer is free, the Red Cross estimates that relief efforts in Louisiana will cost about $30 million.

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MSNBC ANCHOR CRITICIZES ROMNEY’S STORM VOLUNTEERISM: RED CROSS DOESN’T WANT OR NEED YOUR NON-MONETARY DONATIONS

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This is from The Blaze.

Andrea Mitchell needs to shut up get on her broom and fly away.

How many supplies has Barack and Moochelle collected?

How much money has Barack and Moochelle given to charity?

Look at the money donated by the Romney’s  to charity.

 

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday questioned the sincerity of a “storm relief” event organized by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Ohio, arguing that the Red Cross apparently has no need for donated clothes or canned goods.

“You’ve got the image of Mitt Romney doing what, they say, is not a campaign event in the same space they were going to hold a campaign event. They say they’re making collections for hurricane and storm relief,” the MSNBC anchor said during a Tuesday broadcast of “Mitchell Reports.”

“We checked with the Red Cross. The Red Cross said, while they’re always grateful for donations, that this is not what they need or want. They always tell people, ‘please donate money, because we have our own packagers, wholesalers’ — they have their own distribution system,” she continued.

Yes, with major weather events like Superstorm Sandy, the Red Cross does put an emphasis on monetary donations. That’s probably why, along with tables “piled high with flashlights, batteries, diapers, toothbrushes, mini-deodorants, fleece blankets, cereal, toilet paper and canned goods,” the Romney event also featured two large TV screens encouraging supporters to text “REDCROSS” to 90999 and “make a $10 donation.”

“And to now get these canned goods from the Romney event in Ohio, and have to first package it — used clothes, they have to clean, they can’t go directly to victims. So, what they need are donations of blood and donations of money,” said Mitchell. “It does seem like a thinly veiled, uh, why Ohio? Why choose Ohio for –”

 

“You, know, right, because the storm is kinda’” the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza chimed in.

“Not in Ohio?” she said, finishing his sentence for him.

Well, actually, if you want to get technical about it:

MSNBCs Andrea Mitchell Questions the Sincerity of Mitt Romney Collecting Donations for Superstorm Sandy Victims

Yes, the effects of Superstorm Sandy ​have ​been felt in Ohio:

Hundreds of thousands of homes across Northeast Ohio were still without power this morning as high winds and rain from tropical rainstorm Sandy lashed a wide swath of the country, from Florida to Canada and as far west as Chicago.

And just for good measure: “The state of Ohio is opening its emergency operations center after Superstorm Sandy left more than 250,000 people without power.”

Representatives from the Red Cross have not yet responded to TheBlaze’s request for comment regarding Mitchell’s remarks, which you can see below:

 

 

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