FEMA will no longer discriminate. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.
Churches in Houston and other places influenced by disaster will no longer be unfit from sovereign appropriation to help them rebuild.
As Christianity Today reported, the very first line of a new 200+ page beam expelled by FEMA reads, “Private nonprofit houses of ceremony will not be singled out for disfavored treatment. . . ”
Previously, FEMA barred organizations concerned in eremite activities such as worship, proselytizing, and eremite instruction from their open assistance program designed to help organizations reconstruct after healthy disasters.
Arbitrarily identifying eremite activities as what disqualifies a non-profit from supervision appropriation programs is a eremite test, an thought that the US Supreme Court obliterated in last year’s Trinity Lutheran case in which a church was denied help from the state in building a stadium since they were a church.
In fact, the new FEMA beam privately mentions the Trinity Lutheran case as a reason for the policy change. And that’s good news, indeed.