(10/19/2001) There are plenty of paranoid rumors floating around these days, but when a warning comes from a well-respected member of the religious community and is implied to have come directly from the President, people start sweating.
SAMPLE CHAIN LETTER TEXT
President Bush contacted Bishop Jakes and wanted to meet with him. Bishop Jakes flew to D.C., met with President Bush and had this to report to his congregation.
He said he couldn't disclose the information the President shared with him, but he warned his congregation and told them to contact as many family members and friends they could and let them know to stock up on bottled water, canned foods, and nonperishable food items.
The war, when it breaks out, will be a chemical war that will effect our water system, electricity and crops. So, I'm sending out this email message to everyone in my address book and encourage you to spread the word.
I know when the media gets hold of this, the supermarkets will have problems keeping their shelves stocked.
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Bishop T.D. Jakes, of The Potter's House/T.D. Jakes Ministries, Inc., was asked to meet with President George W. Bush after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. And yes, he did address his congregation after the meeting and tell them to prepare for chemical warfare. But, Urbanlegends.com reports that Bishop Jakes admits that his warning was not a direct result of anything President Bush said to him. In Bishop Jakes' own words:
"I returned from my meeting with the President with a strong sense of confidence in his ability to handle the situation at hand. As a spiritual leader, I certainly believe in peace; yet, feel the need to prepare my congregation with practical tools and guidelines in the event of future terrorist activities. This mindset, however, was not prompted as a result of any secret the President shared with me during our meeting, but simply my responsibility as a 'watchman on the wall' in relation to the people and the congregation I serve."
By now, the Media has gotten a hold of this, and have chosen to dismiss it. Bishop Jakes' opinion may be valid, but inaccurate, alarmist warnings like this chain letter do more harm than good. Break this Chain!