Three Houston churches that provided humanitarian aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey have sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after the agency denied them relief funding because they spent more than half of their space on “religious programming.”
President Trump tweeted in support of these churches, “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others).” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) chimed in with a letter to FEMA concerning the policy stating, “[I]t is unconstitutional. It is unreasonable. And it is impeding ongoing recovery efforts.”
According to USA Today, at least 75 percent of humanitarian relief is driven by faith-based organizations, so what would happen if the government no longer partnered with “religious” institutions in the wake of a natural disaster? It is likely that it would result in greater government spending, a slower recovery, and many folks not being helped in their time of need.
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