President Trump is taking the side of three Texas churches that are suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency over disaster relief funds in the wake of Harvey.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the three churches – Rockport First Assembly of God, Harvest Family Church and Hi-Way Tabernacle – sued FEMA on Tuesday for access to relief funding. The lawsuit claims FEMA violates the Constitution by denying disaster funding to faith-based groups.
The lawsuit comes three months after the Supreme Court ruled that a church in Missouri could use federal funds to resurface the playground, which experts told the Texas Tribune could set a precedent for similar cases. A Justice Department spokeswoman has told the Chronicle it is “aware of the complaint and will examine the claims.”
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EACH CHURCH NEEDS TO BE FEDERALLY AUDITED
Most modern churches today are little more than someone’s privately owned and very lucrative business parading around as a church of Jesus Christ. But let me add that not only are these churches businesses, they are businesses that are so incredible, so outrageous in structure and operations, that they are able to function well outside of the reality of how any real legitimate business could ever operate, so much so that we could call any of them a “dream business”. Why?
The business pays no income taxes.
The business pays no property taxes.
Most or all the labor is provided free by volunteers.
The building or facility is provided free by donors.
The overhead is paid for by donors.
The owner’s salary is paid for by donors.
The owner is not required to produce any legitimate product, and so he does not.
The owner is not required to provide any legitimate service, and so he does not.
The owner is not required to deal with customer complaints. (Customers are thrown out or asked to leave and this is all done pretty much legally).
The owner is not required to give refunds or return any donations to dissatisfied “customers”.
The owner can reinvest all or the majority of donations back into the business to expand and grow it larger.
The dream-business can spiritualize all of the above and claim to operate this way “in the name of Jesus” giving unwary people the distinct impression that the owner (usually a “pastor”) has God’s full approval and permission to behave the way he does, thus lending