Monday, December 11, 2017

More Challenges To FEMA's Policy On Disaster Aid To Religious Facilities

As three churches filed an appeal with the 5th Circuit (full text of Emergency Motion) after a Texas federal district court refused to enjoin a FEMA Policy Guideline that bars disaster relief grants for religious facilities, two Florida synagogues filed suit seeking to invalidate the same FEMA regulation. According to yesterday's Miami Herald, Chabad of Key West and Chabad of the Space Coast in Satellite Beach are seeking FEMA grants for repairs after damage from Hurricane Irma.  They contend that FEMA's policy violates their rights under the 1st Amendment and RFRA.