House clears disaster aid for houses of worship

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  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Feb. 18, 2013 10:05 a.m.

    If they receive taxpayer funds to rebuild, it should be in the form of loans and they should be required to pay it back.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 15, 2013 5:10 a.m.

    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.

  • Californian#[email protected] San Francisco, CA
    Feb. 14, 2013 5:41 p.m.

    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.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 3:51 p.m.

    I'm not religious, but anything that upsets the liberals must be a good thing.

    Keep up the good work!

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    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.