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Should churches be allowed to receive FEMA funding?

The Trump administration recently announced that houses of worship damaged during natural disasters will now be able to receive funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Some advocacy groups are challenging the new rules, claiming they violate the separation of church and state. But proponents of the new funding rules argue churches and other religious institutions should be treated no differently than other nonprofit organizations. What do you think? 

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The Trump administration announced that houses of worship damaged during natural disasters will now be allowed to use funds from FEMA to rebuild. The new rules are being challenged by some advocacy groups who argue this violates "the First Amendment's prohibition on the government establishing religion."

Houses of worship damaged during natural disasters will be able to rebuild using federal funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Trump administration announced this week, a shift traditional faith groups have been requesting from presidents for decades without success.

This latest decision is a departure from the norm, which kept federal funds from going directly to religious institutions.

The debate about whether FEMA can pay to rebuild churches and other places of worship increased in the early 2000s... The Bush administration said it would help rebuild parochial schools, nursing homes and similar religious institutions but would not pay for the rebuilding of houses of worship.
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Early on, President Trump argued that churches damaged by Hurricane Harvey ought to be treated the same way as other nonprofit institutions.

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But many believe if churches wish to receive federal funds, they should pay taxes like everyone else.

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In an official statement released by the Secular Coalition for America, Executive Director Larry T. Decker argues giving tax dollars to religious institutions "crosses a clear constitutional line."

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Others have applauded the decision. Many churches function as charities during natural disasters, providing food and shelter to those in need. It is completely fair that they receive FEMA aid to help rebuild their institutions.

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Religious institutions function like nonprofits, and should therefore be treated like nonprofits under the law.

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