Houses of Worship Seek Government Help to Rebuild

houses-of-worship-femaIn the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, some religious groups are pushing Congress to add houses of worship to the list of organizations that can receive grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Currently, houses of worship are not eligible for rebuilding grants from FEMA, although some religiously affiliated non-profits such as hospitals or homeless shelters are. Some church-state watchdog groups have argued against adding synagogues, churches, or mosques to the list, saying that would be direct government funding of religion.