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The U.S. House of Representatives approved disaster assistance for houses of worship.

Why? What happened to the separation of church and state? Why should I have to pay for the repair of a house of worship, regardless of which religion it belongs to?

They pay no taxes, but I do. Nobody knows where the money they collect goes. Let the Vatican sell a few paintings and sculptures to rebuild their churches.

Hopefully, the U.S. Senate will uphold the separation of church and state.

Robert La Rosa

Whitestone

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Lou from Bayside says:
The pathetic wretch who published this letter has once again unmasked himself as an extreme left wing, secular humanist Obamaanoid!
Feb. 23, 2013, 11:14 am
Ed Joyce from Queens says:
I agree with Mr. LaRosa, taxpayers should not be asked to pay for reconstruction of houses of worship damaged during natural disasters.

A fundamental rule of American life is that congregants, not taxpayers, pay for the construction and repair of houses of worship. Public funding of religion violates the U.S. Constitution and a long line of federal court decisions bars government support for buildings used primarily for worship. Even the G. W. Bush administration drew the line at FEMA funding of church reconstruction in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Houses of worship, like most non-profit organizations, are eligible for government loans to rebuild – just not direct grants. It’s important to uphold the fundamental principle that no taxpayer should be forced to fund a religion with whom they disagree.

It's sad that Lou from Bayside wasn't able to articulate an intelligent argument and had to resort to personal ridicule.
Feb. 23, 2013, 12:45 pm
Kenneth Kowald from I Sit and Look Out says:
After the latest House vote, I added a comment about it to my recent column about the need for aid for victims of Sandy. Might be worth visiting.
Kenneth Kowald
Feb. 23, 2013, 4:06 pm
Betty from Bayside says:
Of course Mr.La Rosa is right. One can find Lou-natic types under every rock. Separation of state and church is imperative; especially so since now so many have taken political stands and are a mere viaduct for the mantra. They thereby forfeit their Tax Free privaledge and benifit no more than a political party's headquarters.
Feb. 26, 2013, 1:31 am
Lou from Betty says:
Betty you sound like a frustrated old cat lady whose hatred for religion stems from your dissatisfaction with your pathetic station in life! Why of course, religious institutions are supposed to stand by ,say nothing while politicians ramp up the murder of unborn children and the Kenyan with the fake social security number gets ready to unleash armed drones on the American people!
Feb. 26, 2013, 8:48 am
Daniel from Point Elizabeth says:
First of all Lou
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Second, I am a Christian and I even agree partway with Mr. La Rosa. The government, and by extension taxpayers, should not have to pay for a religions place of worship. If God wants it there, it will be there weather the government funds it or not. All you accomplish by posting hateful comments is to further alienate those who do not agree with us from us. I you saw someone bashing someone else with no good reason would you say, 'Hey that person has good moral conduct, we should join their religion.' or would you say, 'That person is an idiot, everyone should be sure to avoid being like that person.' Probbably the second.
Feb. 27, 2013, 12:25 pm

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