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Another Break From The Past: Government Will Help Churches Pay Pastor Salaries

Apr 9, 2020

By Tom Gjelten

In a development that could challenge the Constitution’s prohibition of any law “respecting an establishment of religion,” the federal government will soon provide money directly to U.S. churches to help them pay pastor salaries and utility bills.

A key part of the $2 trillion economic relief legislation enacted last month includes about $350 billion for the Small Business Administration to extend loans to small businesses facing financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus shutdown orders. Churches and other faith-based organizations, classified as “businesses,” qualify for aid under the program, even if they have an exclusively religious orientation.

“Faith-based organizations are eligible to receive SBA loans regardless of whether they provide secular social services,” the SBA said in a statement. “No otherwise eligible organization will be disqualified from receiving a loan because of the religious nature, religious identity, or religious speech of the organization.”

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2 comments on “Another Break From The Past: Government Will Help Churches Pay Pastor Salaries

  • Churches and other faith-based organizations, classified as “businesses,” qualify for aid under the program

    They’re all businesses – pity they aren’t taxed as such.  I hope the US Government has deep pockets, it’ll need them to pay the salaries of some (most?) of the mega church pastors, bishops and televangelists!


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  • Is this really the case? I am Canadian and not only shocked by this but offended. Where is the respect for front-line workers and all those who are vulnerable? Including neighbouring countries. I feel a great deal of compassion for reasonable Americans during this time.


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