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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:42 PM

 

House Approves Storm Aid for Religious Institutions

By ROBERT PEAR
Published: February 18, 2013

WASHINGTON The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved legislation that would allow the use of federal money to rebuild churches and synagogues damaged by Hurricane Sandy, despite concern that such aid could violate the doctrine of separation of church and state.

The bill, approved last week by a vote of 354 to 72, had support from Roman Catholic and Jewish organizations. It was opposed by 66 Democrats and 6 Republicans.

The prospects for the bill in the Senate are uncertain. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, said Monday that she supported the measure and was working to secure its passage in the Senate. She noted that religious institutions like St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belle Harbor, Queens, had provided aid to many storm victims.

Scores of churches, synagogues and other houses of worship were damaged along with homes, schools, stores and roads when the hurricane battered the Northeast in late October. Congress has provided $60 billion to finance recovery efforts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has generally refused to provide grants to rebuild houses of worship. In some cases, federal aid can be used to reimburse houses of worship for social services they provide, and houses of worship can sometimes qualify for low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/nyregion/house-approves-federal-aid-for-churches-damaged-by-hurricane-sandy.html?_r=0

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HarveyDarkey Feb 2013 OP
bluestateguy Feb 2013 #1
virgogal Feb 2013 #3
kairos12 Feb 2013 #2
HarveyDarkey Feb 2013 #5
Va Lefty Feb 2013 #4
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #6
customerserviceguy Feb 2013 #7
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #8
customerserviceguy Feb 2013 #11
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #12
one_voice Feb 2013 #9
HarveyDarkey Feb 2013 #10
one_voice Feb 2013 #13
City Lights Feb 2013 #14
forestpath Feb 2013 #15
GiaGiovanni Feb 2013 #16

Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:45 PM

1. I'm assuming mosques count too

And if a Church of Satan is destroyed they will be able to get funds too.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:47 PM

3. Scientology also? Boggles the mind.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:46 PM

2. Don't pay taxes, want some taxes, what a bunch of takers

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Response to kairos12 (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:48 PM

5. That was my first thought

 

I guess they want it both ways

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:47 PM

4. Jesus, Mary and Joseph Stalin!

Just when you think you've seen it all, wait a little bit.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:20 PM

6. This is absurd....

Kirsten, my dear, have you lost your mind?

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:22 PM

7. Sucking up to the religious vote in NY

Now, these people will cut you off in a heartbeat while honking at you and flipping you off because you're going the speed limit on the NYS Thruway, but they sure do identify with their nominal religions.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:23 PM

8. Particularly if they are running late to church!

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:27 PM

11. I wouldn't know

I sleep in on Saturday and Sunday mornings!

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:29 PM

12. LMAO

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:23 PM

9. Tax them. n/t

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Response to one_voice (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:27 PM

10. They should be taxed

 

will it ever happen?

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:57 PM

13. I hope so...

It should have happened a long time ago.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:19 PM

14. ARGH!

Infuriating!

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:27 PM

15. Horrible and disgusting to be forced to pay to build somebody else's fucking church.

 

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:16 PM

16. Why is it a "church and state" issue only when the state wants something from the church but

 

not when the church wants something from the state?

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