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Texas churches sue FEMA for relief funds

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/05/17, 02:51 pm

Three small Texas churches damaged by Harvey are suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for blocking access to disaster relief funds available to other nonprofit organizations assisting residents devastated by the tropical storm. The Becket Fund filed the lawsuit on behalf of Harvest Family Church, Hi-Way Tabernacle, and Rockport First Assembly of God. “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,” said Diana Verm, counsel at Becket. Hi-Way Tabernacle serves as a shelter and aid distribution point in Cleveland, Texas, about 50 miles northeast of Houston. FEMA historically has denied disaster relief funds to religious groups, but Becket argues a recent Supreme Court decision, Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, rendered FEMA’s policy unconstitutional.

See “Harvey Relief” for information on organizations assisting victims affected by the storm.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sun, 09/10/2017 09:14 am

    I have mixed feelings about this.  On one hand, I believe that Christ-followers should take advantage of legal avenues available to them, as St. Paul did as a Roman citizen.  On the other, at what point do we allow God to do His work?  I do not know the answer to this.  I guess this is one of those gray areas that St. Paul talks about in Romans 14.