Churches, synagogues press for federal rebuilding aid after Sandy

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The gutted sanctuary of West End Temple in Neponsit, N.Y. The square inner frame structure is used to hold Torah scrolls. RNS photo courtesy Solange De Santis.

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NEPONSIT, N.Y. (RNS) The waterlogged West End Temple and other nonprofits aren't included in the $51 billion aid package to help rebuild areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and civil liberties groups think that's how it should stay. Others say churches and synagogues should be eligible for federal rebuilding funds. By Solange De Santis.

  • Herbert

    churches should ask their own congregation for any repairs and build outs that happens within their facility. Government should not partake in these efforts, regardless.
    That is one of the things separation of church and state stands for. Also, when you are a religious institution than you are excluded from paying taxes to the government which excludes them from asking for monetary assistance from the government when “acts-of-god” happens.
    How about the medical benefits you are also trying to deny your employees?