Churches banned from hurricane help? Now Trump joins fight

By Bob Unruh

President Trump (Photo: Twitter)

President Trump (Photo: Twitter)

Three Texas churches that sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency when they were banned from participating in federal hurricane recovery programs because of their faith now are getting support from President Trump as well as at least one member of Congress.

WND reported last week that the three churches in the middle of Hurricane Harvey’s path of death and destruction sued because FEMA bans them, on the basis of their faith, from participating in recovery programs.

The action was brought by Becket, a nonprofit religious liberty law firm, on behalf of Harvest Family Church, Hi-Way Tabernacle and Rockport First Assembly of God churches.

“After the costliest and most devastating natural disaster in U.S. history, the government should come to the aid of all, not leave important parts of the community underwater,” commented Diana Verm, who works at Becket.

“Hurricane Harvey didn’t cherry-pick its victims; FEMA shouldn’t cherry-pick whom it helps.”

The churches now are enjoying the public support of the president.

Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others).

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2017

On social media, he advocated for the churches to be allowed to participate in FEMA programs, stating, “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others).”

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And Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., wrote to FEMA administrator Brock Long requesting an explanation for the decision to discriminate.

“This policy discriminates against people of faith,” the senator wrote. “It sends the message that communities of worship aren’t welcome to participate fully in public life. … It reduces the facilities and volunteer time, talent, and effort available to support the broader Click to see the original article