Hurricane Sandy aid shouldn't discriminate against religion

 

I have contacted House Speaker John Boehner asking him to support the amendment to the Hurricane Sandy recovery appropriations bill that was introduced by outgoing Senator Joseph Lieberman. The bill rightly says that houses of worship that were damaged or destroyed deserve federal assistance.
 
I have also contacted FEMA chief Craig Fugate about this matter. “The time has come to formalize an inclusive FEMA policy that explicitly states that no religious entity will be turned down for relief funding on the basis of religion,” I said.
 
In both letters, I stressed the fact that no church or synagogue in the New York-New Jersey area that assisted those hit by the storm discriminated on the basis of religion. Moreover, I said that Sandy didn’t discriminate in choosing its victims. Ergo, the federal government should not discriminate on the basis of an institution’s mission.
 
Arguments against helping houses of worship don’t stand up. In 2010, the U.S. State Department provided millions to restore mosques in 27 different Islamic nations. So is the Obama administration saying that Christian and Jewish houses of worship in the U.S. in need of restoration don’t qualify for assistance but Islamic houses of worship overseas do?
 
Dana Sher of the ACLU is saying that “To rebuild houses of worship is a form of compelled support for religion, which is exactly what the First Amendment is designed to protect against.” She doesn’t know her history. President Thomas Jefferson didn’t provide money to rebuild churches that were devastated—he approved a treaty that awarded $300 to the Kaskaskia Indians for the purpose of building one! By the way, the church was Catholic.


William Donohue is president o
The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author only, not of Spero News.

Comments

Senate minority leader calls it quits

Democratic minority leader Harry Reid was injured on New Year's Day. He is now quitting and opening up the field.

Obama administration concedes to Iran on nukes

The Obama administration also released classified information about Israel's nuclear program, but that of other countries.

Ted Cruz: Feds should respect state marijuana laws

Believes states are a laboratory of democracy.

New audio of deadly arrest of college student

Family says autopsy shows drunk student was shot in the back by police officer.

European airlines switch to two-man rule following Germanwings crash

Thomas Cook, Virgin Air, EasyJet and Norwegian declared that they are switching procedures to require two persons at all times in jetliner cockpits. This follows post-911 procedure for U.S. airlines.

Book review: My Battle Against Hitler

Dietrich von Hildebrand was a German theologian who resisted Germany's National Socialism.

This page took 0.3486seconds to load