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"'In the time it takes to go buy a magic marker and find a piece of cardboard for a sign, those people could've walked into McDonald's or something like it and said "Could I work here?" and they'd gladly give them a job with benefits. They'll even give them a uniform to wear.'"

- from The A, B, C's of Financial Success by Barry 'I Built A Twenty-Five Million Dollar Church Building' Cameron, via kt

ah, yes! the answer is so simple! everything works neatly in theoretical white-middle-class-privilege land! funny, i have a feeling that if mr. cameron was said mcdonald's manager, he wouldn't give "those people" the time of day, much less a job with benefits. go here to comment, and for more background and commentary.

why do i have a feeling katie's small group book, though completely different in scope and topic, may be just as frustrating as the book my small group read last fall?

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 04:00PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments15 Comments

Reader Comments (15)

Yeah, McDonald's wants to hire stinky people, drunk people, mentally ill people, people with open sores, people who can't stand for long, people who can't read or write or add...
Oct 18, 2006 at 04:48PM | Unregistered CommenterSuebob
This guy sounds like a real piece of work. Someone should kindly send me his address so I can kindly go over there and pummel his ass for a while.
Oct 18, 2006 at 05:07PM | Unregistered Commentermeegs
well... i suppose you can pummel him at church, if you like.

Crossroads Christian Church
6450 S. Hwy 360
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Oct 18, 2006 at 05:16PM | Registered Commentermdog

so what about the fact that 50% of the homeless population of lynn county, iowa are children? oh, if only their parents would suck it up & get jobs.
Oct 18, 2006 at 05:40PM | Unregistered Commentermar
Now, now, before we completely slander this guy in the name of Jesus...

We are running the risk of being just as judgmental as he sounds.

Maybe he's a good man. He just doesn't have all the information.

I'm trying to keep an open mind that something good can come from this book.
Oct 18, 2006 at 05:49PM | Unregistered Commenterkt
ah... ever the diplomat. ;)
Oct 18, 2006 at 06:01PM | Registered Commentermdog
I'm left wondering whether he's clueless or ignorant. If he's clueless I'd say that's a choice he's made, given how much information is out there about the issues in the homeless population. I guess that leaves us with ignorant.

Even if said homeless person were to get a minimum wage job at McDonald's does he have any idea how far below the poverty line such a job would leave him? I'd guess he'd barely have enough to make rent let alone the tithes required by his church.
Oct 18, 2006 at 09:56PM | Unregistered CommenterHeather
With all that financial success, you'd think he could have hired a designer to do his book cover. It looks like a two-year-old designed it.
Oct 19, 2006 at 10:06AM | Unregistered Commenterjared
Not to mention not having an address or phone number to put on the applicaton, or the fact that a large number of the homeless suffer from untreated mental illnesses.

And since when is spending twenty-five million dollars on a building good stewardship?
Oct 19, 2006 at 02:14PM | Unregistered CommenterIan
heather - welcome to unleashed. :)

jared - so true.

ian - exaaaaaaactly.
Oct 19, 2006 at 03:52PM | Registered Commentermdog
I'm pretty sure that McDonald's does not offer benefits, unless you're in management. Certainly not to Joe Schmoe off the street who they have just (not) hired.
Oct 19, 2006 at 07:35PM | Unregistered Commenterrachel mcH
man... it sucks when you drop your laptop. You miss out on some great "slanders in the name of Jesus"... I mean posts.

I agree that this is not the most intelligent thing I have ever read... and yes, I think Jesus would be appalled at his vision/understanding of poverty... but let's be careful.

unless his face is on his book...

Then that is another story and he deserves to be pummeled.

Oct 20, 2006 at 05:33PM | Unregistered Commenterpaul
i always know i have done my job when i get people telling me to tone it down on the blog... i have this little problem of writing what i'm actually thinking.
Oct 20, 2006 at 05:52PM | Registered Commentermdog
his face is on the back...
Does that count?

Plus a picture of his 25 million dollar complex. (Including 2 fountains and a glass encased showroom of 6 model trains).
Oct 21, 2006 at 05:23PM | Unregistered Commenterkt
there's a joke in here somewhere about him having a 25 million dollar complex, i just can't find it.
Oct 22, 2006 at 01:01AM | Registered Commentermdog

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