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   Religious leaders quit Katrina Fund panel

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7/13/2006 9:45 pm

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Yahoo News

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Entered 7/13/2006, Updated 7/13/2006

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NEW ORLEANS - Nearly all the religious leaders serving on a committee created by the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to disburse money to churches destroyed by Hurricane Katrina have quit their posts, claiming their advice was ignored. Four out of nine board members confirmed their resignations on Thursday. Last week, two others — Bishop T.D. Jakes, the prominent Dallas megachurch pastor, and the Rev. William H. Gray III, former president of the United Negro College Fund — resigned as co-chairs. And Gray and Jakes say they have received the resignation letter of a seventh board member, the Rev. William Shaw, president of the National Baptist Convention, USA. He did not immediately return a phone call Thursday night. Departing members of the interfaith advisory committee say the fund's Washington staff disregarded their advice, cutting checks for Gulf Coast churches without properly investigating the institutions.


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