Congress passes law protecting churches from one of FEMA’s dumbest decisions ever

Congress passes law protecting churches from one of FEMA’s dumbest decisions ever

[Ed. – War on religion]

This last year, FEMA took an enormous amount of heat for discriminating against houses of worship that wanted equal access to disaster relief funding FEMA provides to other nonprofit organizations. This discriminatory policy came to light after several places of worship tried to apply for relief following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma — and FEMA denied it.

On Friday, Congress passed a law that protects churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship to which FEMA has denied aid. President Trump signed the bipartisan bill into law shortly after it was passed. Congress’ action ensures that FEMA’s new policy will endure so that houses of worship are treated equally alongside secular nonprofit organizations applying for disaster aid.

For several decades, and unbeknownst to many, FEMA excluded houses of worship from its disaster aid programs. After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, three Texas churches and two Florida synagogues, represented by Becket, a nonprofit organization that represents religious liberty cases, sued the government in separate lawsuits asking for equal access to disaster relief aid. One of those cases, Harvest Family Church v. FEMA, went to the Supreme Court.

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