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Constitutional hurdles

Damaged houses of worship face stormy times after disasters

Posted: January 12, 2013 at 2:48 a.m.

Churches destroyed or damaged by natural disasters, like St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ridgway, Ill., which was hit by a tornado, are not eligible for federal aid.

Churches destroyed or damaged by natural disasters, like St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ridgway, Ill., which was hit by a tornado, are not eligible for federal aid.

Superstorm Sandy flooded and battered St. George Malankara Orthodox Church of India in New Dorp, Staten Island, ruining its basement, windows and doors. Yet, when its vicar contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ask for a grant to help with the estimated $150,000 rebuilding cost, he said he got a clear answer: No.

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Religion, Pages 12 on 01/12/2013

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