I can’t remember the exact time I started to loath the American Red Cross. It may have been the time when I saw them selling coffee and snacks at a hurricane ravaged city in Texas, or, it may have been the time when I saw the price-tag of the blood, they received for free, to the hospital I once worked while reading about Elizabeth Dole’s cool $1/2 million salary as the head of the American Red Cross.
But, today, they demonstrate they are a special sort of vampiric scumbags.
A law enforcement officer said he was asked to leave a Red Cross shelter in Lafayette, Louisiana after he prayed with several flood victims.
Clay Higgins, a reserve city marshal and a local legend, dropped by after work to minister to evacuees at the Heymann Performing Arts Center on Aug. 19.
“I was not proselytizing,” he told me. “I was just there to thank volunteers and offer prayers and encouragement.”
Higgins, who is also running for Congress, was dressed in uniform and was holding a Bible.
At some point during the visit a volunteer approached Higgins and mentioned there was a problem.
“He said the Red Cross had an issue with me being there,” Higgins said. “So I asked him what the problem was. He looked down at my Bible and he gestured and said, ‘They have a problem with that.’”
Higgins said he was escorted to a Red Cross supervisor who asked him to leave. ……
During the conversation, a flood victim asked Higgins to pray. The captain was obliged but had to do so outside the Red Cross shelter.
“Christian compassion was not welcomed there in the manner I had provided,” Higgins told me. …..
Meanwhile, a pastor in the town of Albany told me that four families left a Red Cross shelter after they were told they could not pray or read their Bibles at their cots.
“They got upset and literally packed up their stuff and came right here,” said the pastor, who asked not to be identified. “A Red Cross worker told them they could not pray or read their Bible in public.”
The pastor said he drove to the shelter in question and he was immediately met with individuals who related similar stories.
“I hadn’t even made it in the door,” the pastor said. “They said the Red Cross workers told them they could not pray or read Bibles. I told them to go to their cot and pray and read. I told them they’re on church property and they could read a Bible on church property.” ……
The Red Cross, meanwhile, urged me to do my part to “tamp down” the rumors that they are telling people not to pray or read the Bible.
“This is not representative [of] our Red Cross principles,” Penniman said.
So we’ve got the Red Cross telling us one thing and a Baptist preacher, a law enforcement officer and a chaplain telling us something else.
I’m going to let you good readers figure out whose version of events you choose to believe.
But to avoid further confusion, maybe the Red Cross should consider a new symbol and name — perhaps something a bit more secular.
Hospitals need blood and plasma for the patients. If you feel the need, go the places which pay you a nominal bit for your blood, they usually charge the hospitals less for the blood.
If you feel the need to donate to organizations which really help communities during disasters and times of crisis, (and you should) then donate to something more credible in actually helping people such as the Salvation Army (they were giving away blankets and such while the Red Cross were charging people for coffee).
For the record, I hope that all are free to pray to the God of their choosing, at a Red Cross facility or anywhere else. We’ll get to see which one answers.