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The U.S. Government Gave Nearly $10 Billion in Forgivable Loans to Churches

Jul 7, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

A few months ago, when the seriousness of the pandemic was finally making itself known, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allowing businesses to borrow money from the U.S. government in order to cover costs (including salaries) during the pandemic without having to repay those loans at a later date.

The bill specifically includes non-profits as businesses, which isn’t usually the case.

That also meant churches were eligible for the funding… meaning they could receive millions of dollars that went directly to promoting religion.

Yesterday, after putting up a fight, the Trump administration finally released the list of which organizations received more than $150,000 in funding. Groups receiving amounts less than that were not identified by name.

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