New Budget Allows Taxpayer Funds to Rebuild Houses of Worship

By Don Byrd

Written by Don Byrd

After the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) changed its policy earlier this year to make houses of worship and other religious institutions eligible for taxpayer aid to rebuild following a natural disaster, Congress has now made it official. Added on to the budget bill that passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Trump was a provision codifying that new policy into law.

Via Religion Clause, the budget bill added a new provision which states:

A church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other house of worship, educational facility, or any other private nonprofit facility, shall be eligible for contributions … without regard to the religious character of the facility or the primary religious use of the facility. No house of worship, educational facility, or any other private nonprofit facility may be excluded from receiving contributions … because leadership or membership in the organization operating the house of worship is limited to persons who share a religious faith or practice.

However, as The Atlantic’s Emma Green writes, “scholars are split” on the limits of taxpayer funds for houses of worship.This new law will likely only invite those limits to be …read more

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