Action Alert

Tell Congress to keep tax money out of churches!

Please tell Congress to vote against a bill that would pump tax dollars into churches to repair damages caused by government-classified disasters. 

U.S. representatives and senators will soon vote on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The act would unconstitutionally entangle church and state financially by sending federal funds to religious organizations. This dangerous piece of legislation that is now being considered by Congress would legislate the government’s authorization for religious organizations to use Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) money to build churches. 

Like all nonprofits, religious groups can already be reimbursed for disaster relief aid they provide to the community. But this act and FEMA's recent change in policy — which now allows houses of worship to apply for federal assistance — will allow religious institutions exclusive access to funding for their facilities used specifically for worship. Whether or not they have actually provided relief to their community during or after a disaster will not matter.

This act is an affront to the American foundational principle that citizens may not be taxed to attend, erect or support churches. Please contact your members in Congress TODAY urging them to oppose the Bipartisan Budget bill’s authorization for FEMA funds to be used to repair houses of worship. 

CONTACT

You can use this link to find your members of Congress and their contact information. 

Please also use social media posts or write letters to your local papers to spread the word about this danger to religious freedom.

MESSAGE

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As your secular constituent, I urge you to please vote against the language in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that would allow FEMA funds to be used to repair houses of worship. This act will allow churches exclusive access to funding for their facilities used specifically for worship, regardless of whether or not they have actually provided relief to their community during or after a disaster. This is an affront to the American foundational principle that citizens may not be taxed to attend, erect or support houses of worship.

Please stand up for the enshrined constitutional idea that state and church remain separate and vote against this part of the budget act.

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