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Judge Orders FEMA to Provide Disaster Relief Funds to Hurricane-Ravaged Churches


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Is it a violation of the First Amendment for tax dollars to be given to churches and religious organizations? FEMA believes that it is, and has been withholding disaster relief funds from churches and religious organizations affected by the recent hurricanes. However, a federal judge in Houston has ordered FEMA to change its policy before December 1 — or he's going to change it for them.
Following the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, it came to light that FEMA wasn't allowing churches and religious organizations access to disaster relief funds. For many who are upset by FEMA's policy, the kicker is that FEMA doles out relief aid to other non-profits while accepting vast amounts of aid from churches.
Three evangelical churches, Harvest Family Church, Hi-Way Tabernacle, and Rockport First Assembly of God, sued FEMA in September. Last month, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Congregation Torah Vachesed synagogue of Houston sided with the three churches and filed a brief in support of the lawsuit.:snip:

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