It is reported that three Texas churches damaged by Hurricane Harvey are suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after being denied disaster help grants.
FEMA doesn’t grant financial aid to religious organizations to avoid any entanglement between church and state, but the churches deemed the move unfair discrimination.
Diana Verm, one of the church’s attorneys from law firm, Becket said,
“Hurricane Harvey didn’t cherry-pick its victims; FEMA shouldn’t cherry-pick who it helps.”
But FEMA’s is an organization that is not cherry-picking at all. Not everyone gets to apply for grant money. The rules were decided in advance. Those rules didn’t matter to the Church until the available cash was needed.
Where it would be absurd to ask taxpayers to fund the building of those churches in the first place, it’s even more ridiculous for anyone to request from the taxpayer the funds to rebuild the church — which would obviously benefit religion…
Becket tries to distract people from this issue where they point out examples of groups that got financial aid despite offering supposedly useless things.
“We hear this kind of useless argument from conservatives all the time. For instance when they criticize taxpayer-funded research they can’t comprehend. They throw certain groups under the bus by saying, “They don’t do anything important! But we do! So give us money!”
It’s irrelevant that the three churches helped in any form of disaster relief given that the church grants would go toward helping them brainwash/convert and hold worship services. It’s not enough that their buildings were destroyed; now the churches want to erase the line between church and state.
That’s why this lawsuit was dismissed..