It's also hard for some people to accept the way Ebola appears to punish those who are trying to follow Christian teachings, Herman Browne said. That's why some in his congregation consider the disease demonic. "Those who don't care and those who don't want to express their care are those who survive. Those who actually care are those who die," he said. "At the heart of it, for some of us with religious eyes, is an anti-care, anti-love message. And that can be very draining."
There’s the northeast Dallas church and its class of mostly white retirees, where Louise Troh spent Sunday mornings reading Bible stories before her confinement 21 days ago. And there’s Troh’s family from the crippled West African nation she fled more than a decade ago — where her daughter died in childbirth this year, and where the man she meant to marry caught the virus that killed him.