As Donald Trump was playing around on Twitter last night, he found yet another way to piss off his constituents. In an evening tweet, Trump stated that churches should be entitled to reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for giving aid to hurricane victims. So much for church and state, right?
Trump’s tweet comes after three churches in Texas that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey sued FEMA for not giving them funds because of their religious affiliation. LawNewz reported:
The churches claim FEMA unconstitutionally denies those funds to places of worship in violation of the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause because FEMA treats them differently than other non-profits.
In their suit, the Hi-Way Tabernacle, the Harvest Family Church, and the Rockport First Assembly of God churches stated:
FEMA policy explicitly denies equal access to FEMA disaster relief grants for houses of worship solely because of their religious status. If FEMA applies its policy to Hurricane Harvey, as it did to Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship will be denied equal access to FEMA relief. For houses of worship, FEMA’s policy is “simple: No churches need apply.”
And apparently, Trump is right on board. He posted this message voicing his approval of the lawsuit:
“Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others).”
First of all, churches do not have to pay taxes, and are considered nonprofit organizations that operate to do good in their communities. Opening their doors to people in need is their job. It didn’t take long for the internet to respond and slam Trump for being ignorant and misinformed about how churches actually work:
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