If they receive taxpayer funds to rebuild, it should be in the form of loans and
they should be required to pay it back.
So let me understand this.When looking at overall disaster relief
for Sandy victims, the house GOP had 185 (4/5 of its members) Vote AGAINST
relief for homeowners.Then, when taking about relief for Churches,
only 6 house GOP members voted against it.So, the GOP is
reluctant to help you rebuild your house, but overwhelmingly votes to rebuild
your church. Nothing like a vote blindly based on ideology.
This is about emergency repair or construction. No one is asking the
taxpayers to replace the crucifix, the pastors' vestments, hymnals, Torah
scrolls, or copies of the Bible or Quran that were destroyed in a disaster. Your
tax money isn't going to be spent on a new Moroni statue.Some
congregations are not very big or prosperous, but they help the needy and
respond to disasters. Emergency repair funds would help them get back on their
feet and enable them to be active neighbors in the community again sooner.
What's so bad about that? Faith groups feed and clothe victims without
regard to the victims' religious status, but now some folks want to single
them out for denial of disaster relief because of their religious status.
What's so good about that?I'm guessing that some of the
people yelling the loudest about this proposal would also complain the loudest
if religious communities did not respond to help disaster survivors.
I'm not religious, but anything that upsets the liberals must be a good
thing.Keep up the good work!
I hope this does not pass the Senate.These religious real estate
schemes deserve no public funding bailouts. Let the Church members gain
"blessings" by helping repair their places of worship.