BP This Week: Christians in the Midst of the Storm

When government agencies respond to natural disasters, they rely in large part on Christian organizations to help get the job done. That’s the case with the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Our hosts point out that those who think religiously-motivated charity is no big deal and could easily be replaced are out-of-touch. It’s important because FEMA is currently deciding whether to lift a ban on giving relief funds to churches and other religious institutions affected by the storms. Does Christian conviction belong in the public square? It’s a question the Supreme Court will soon decide in the case of Masterpiece Cake Shop and its owner, Jack Phillips, who gladly serve gay customers but refuse to help put on gay weddings. This and much more on this week’s episode of BreakPoint this Week.

Resources

Disasters and the Christian Faith (Theology for Life)
  • Ed Stetzer
  • Christianity Today
  • September 11, 2017
Relief Efforts Depend on Faith-Based Organizations
  • John Stonestreet
  • BreakPoint
  • September 14, 2017
Religious Freedom’s Roe v Wade?
  • John Stonestreet
  • BreakPoint
  • Juily 31, 2017
The Point: Fatherhood Ad Banned Down Under
  • John Stonestreet
  • BreakPoint
  • September 13, 2017

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  • Phoenix1977

    “It’s important because FEMA is currently deciding whether to lift a ban on giving relief funds to churches and other religious institutions affected by the storms.”
    If FEMA does that it means the federal government openly supports religion. Atheists will never accept that so this would simply mean the next case ending in front of nine judges in Washington DC.

    • Scott

      “If FEMA does that it means the federal government openly supports religion.”

      Not really… it just means they don’t openly discriminate against it.

      • Phoenix1977

        By financially supporting religious organisations, even for relief aid after disasters, means the federal government favors a religion, which the American Constitution prohibits. At least, that’s the way atheists will see it and you can be sure atheist groups will fight such a decision by FEMA.

        • Gina Dalfonzo

          You really think that atheist groups will want to set themselves up to be portrayed as anti-relief for any group or organization that needs disaster relief after a devastating hurricane? I’m not so sure.

          • Phoenix1977

            They will not set themselves up like that. More likely they will apply for money from FEMA as well, but in such a way it will fail. Then they will start a media offensive, pointing out FEMA refuses to support atheist relief organisations while it will support religious organisations. That will go on for a while and in the mean time another group will attempt to receive a grant from FEMA, probably with a better written, but equally flawed plan. And that’s the moment the ACLU will pick it up and will file a complaint on behalf of the two atheist groups, while inserting the notion the federal government is bound by law to stay away from religious organisations. Before long no one will talk about the refused grants anymore, or how the requests were flawed to begin with but everything will be about FEMA, and therefor the federal government, openly supporting religion despite the prohibitions in the American Constitution.

          • Scott

            Phoenix, I just don’t see how this makes any sense?

            Can you quote the portion of the U.S. Constitution that would keep FEMA from distributing disaster relief funds to religious organizations?
            It stands to reason that funds channeled through any organization that offers disaster relief services are not allocated for that organization specifically but rather for the people in need of the relief services. In other words, the organization is not the beneficiary.

            Anyone willing to help ought not to be turned away.

          • NCOriolesFan

            Do you see atheists as leaders in disaster relief? I don’t but yet they do love to complain, gripe and litigate anything religious in this country.

        • Scott

          This is not true either… any organized group (religious or not) can apply for federal relief funds. The Federal Govt. must not discriminate against any of them.