Wall of Separation Watch: Senators Push Bill to Require FEMA to Repair Churches
Separation of church and state seems to be confusing for some people.
Yesterday senators introduced a bill that would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to give public funds to houses of worship that are damaged by hurricanes and other disasters. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) are the lead sponsors of the measure.
The bill, sparked by Hurricane Sandy, mandates the inclusion of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other houses of worship in the list of institutions eligible for federally funded repair, restoration and replacement.
Sounds innocuous enough, after all, Hurricane Sandy’s devastation was non-partisan in scope and equal devastation for all and sundry. However, Constitutional conservatives should be totally against this because:
A cardinal rule of the U.S. Constitution is that government does not fund the construction or maintenance of houses of worship. A long line of federal court rulings confirms this important principle.
But they have insurance, right? Just like homeowners have, right?
Sadly, my own experience with natural disasters and insurance companies is that pesky small print saying “Acts of God” aren’t covered.
I’m thinking that since “God” was responsible for this, the houses of worship need to talk to Him about reparations instead of looking for “FEMA handouts”.
But maybe that’s just me…
h/t to Curious Lurker for the find