Countering the Swine Flu 'Panic'

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Many churches in Mexico City have cancelled their meetings due to the swine flu epidemic, while others say it's more important to keep church doors open during the country's time of crisis.

Despite warnings, some leaders are still holding worship services yet taking precautions recommended by the government like not greeting with a handshake or a kiss, and wearing surgical masks.

"During the activities of the church and especially in our main service, we'll spend some time praying for this situation. We will be praying for the church itself," said Pastor Ernesto Ramirez of the House of Restoration in Mexico City.

"Times of crisis are the best times of opportunity to see the power of God, but also to let the Lord be known," he added.

Mexican believers hope the continued services will demonstrate an attitude of faith and help counter the climate of fear engulfing the Mexican capital.

Evidence of that same fear can be seen in the U.S. and other countries, as media coverage of the swine flu continues to grow.

But are news organizations making too big of a deal of the recent outbreak?  Should more people be responding to the epidemic like the believers in Mexico City?

Dan Gainor, vice president of the Media Research Center's Business and Culture Institute, spoke with CBN News about this.  Click play for his insights.

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