A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) photographer and/or his supervisor wanted Christian volunteers helping cleanup after a natural disaster to change their shirts so that their religious affiliation would not be visible.
-- From "FEMA Photographer Asked Church Volunteers Not to Wear Religious T-Shirts in Video on Tornado Aftermath" by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press 5/19/20
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.
Lott and Wedgeworth attend a small rural church in Smith County. They volunteered through a ministry of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon.
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