House passes church-funding bill
With the passage of a HR 592, the House seems to be blurring the lines of separation between Religion & State.
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill Feb. 13 to allow houses of worship damaged by Hurricane Sandy to receive disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, despite warnings by advocacy groups that the measure flouts the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state.House members voted 354-72 for HR 592, the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013. The bill, co-authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), now heads to the Senate.The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty was among groups making last-ditch efforts to ask members of Congress to think twice before passing legislation that could have serious consequences for religious liberty.
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