- Jun 18, 2021
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is being sued by three churches damaged by Hurricane Harvey that are being denied relief funding because of their status as religious institutions. Since the 1990s, FEMA has banned houses of worship from receiving federal aid — a policy that the religious liberty law firm Becket is now challenging.
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she was unsure whether President Trump is aware of complaints that his executive order on religious liberty is being ignored, especially on controversial contraception mandates. An official of a religious liberty law firm welcomed the statement, saying, “That would explain why [Trump’s] Department of Justice is not matching his words.”