Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:42 PM
HarveyDarkey (9,077 posts)
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.
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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #6)
Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:22 PM
customerserviceguy (17,273 posts)
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.
Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)
Tue Feb 19, 2013, 09:16 PM
GiaGiovanni (1,247 posts)
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?