A local Memphis church came to the rescue of a family that lost everything to Katrina. After conducting interviews, the church members chose a most unfortunate family: the wife lost her job as a nurse, the husband lost his import-export business, the children’s school was destroyed, the family’s home was taken.

Sounds sad, yes?

The Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ gave the Thompson family a $75,000 house last February. In September, Delores Thompson sold the house for $88,000 and cleared out. After being contacted at a New Orleans phone number, Delores said:

I really don’t like this area. I really didn’t, and I didn’t know anybody, so that’s why I didn’t move in and I sold it.

They never even moved in. They scammed the church and left town. According to the sales records, Delores wasn’t even married.

The “husband’s” reaction?

Take it up with God.

This is what happens when you give people things. They don’t appreciate it like they do when they earn it. Which is the heart of compassionate conservatism: a hand up, not a hand out.

Of course, these people were con artists from the get-go. Which is another thing conservatives have learned: just because people are standing with their hand out, doesn’t mean they are the ones who need help.