Monday, October 31, 2005

Southern Baptists deny hurricane victims water donated by beer company

According to NBC2 in Florida The "Southern Baptist Convention" handing out food at Clewiston, Fl, refused to give the people water because the water had been canned by Anheuser-Busch

Resident[s] lined up for miles to receive food and water at the distribution point. But the water was left on the sidelines by the Alabama-based group.

"The pastor didn't want to hand out the Budweiser cans to people and that's his prerogative and I back him 100-percent," said SBC volunteer John Cook.

Ethics Daily says
water donated by Anheuser-Busch comes in white cans labeled in blue "Drinking Water, Not for Sale." They carry the Anheuser-Busch eagle logo and a note they are donated by the brewer, but do not resemble the familiar Budweiser or Bud Light labels used to advertise beer on television and in sporting venues.

Ethics Daily also paraphrases a bible passage:
Matthew 10:42 says, "If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."

NBC2 has an update a the bottom of their article saying that as they were leaving, they did see a couple of SBC members handing out water that had been held back all day.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As usual, the bible-thumpers have no common sense. Their interpretation is so narrow & biased, they can't see the forest for the trees. The world is NOT just black & white, there are also many, many shades of gray people!

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Volunteers working with the Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief Unit honored the request of the host pastor to set aside canned water with an Anheuser-Busch logo. At no time was anyone deprived of water. In fact, there was a huge surplus of bottled and canned water available at the Clewiston relief site. There was never any disruption in the supply of water being given out to members of the public who continued to receive food, water and other types of assistance from Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief workers.
It is an absolute falsehood to suggest -- as many irresponsible bloggers have -- that the Baptist volunteers withheld the basic needs of life from Floridians impacted by the hurricane. Contrary to misinterpretations of news reports, no one was denied access to water.
One may disagree with the strong stand that many Southern Baptists take against the consumption of alcohol. One may even regard such opposition to alcohol as offensive.
But it's impossible to say truthfully that this conviction caused any inconvenience or shortage for victims of Hurricane Wilma. The facts are exactly the opposite.
The fact is that virtually all of the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers serve selflessly -- taking time away from employment and family to minister in the name of Jesus Christ. Churches such as First Baptist Church, Clewiston, graciously serve as host sites -- providing a place where food, water and other necessities of life may be obtained by anyone in need -- without regard to religion or any other demographic consideration.

-- Keith Hinson, public relations associate
Alabama Baptist Convention State Board of Missions
Montgomery, Alabama

8:38 PM  
Blogger BrStarr said...

Funny, Mr. Hinston, but that's not what the news report said.

I guess because you are a supposed Christian we are supposed to believe you, but I'm not that kind of person.

I'd trust the news report first. I've encountered too many ministers and Christians in positions of power that lie at the drop of a hat to make themselves and their church look good.


11:42 PM  

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