Government coronavirus bailouts will pay pastors’ salaries

Government coronavirus bailouts will pay pastors' salaries

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Church bank accounts have been hit hard due to coronavirus shutdowns across the country. But they won’t have to worry for very much longer.

As part of the big bailout, the federal government is providing churches with money to pay utility bills and pastor salaries.

As part of the $350 million allocated to the Small Business Administration in the economic relief legislation that passed in March, churches will be eligible for small business loans.

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According to a statement made by the SBA, “Faith-based organizations are eligible to receive SBA loans regardless of whether they provide secular social services.”

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President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin “made sure” churches would be eligible for the SBA program. This inclusion isn’t a surprise coming from this Administration. They changed the Federal Emergency Management Agency rules in 2018 to allow churches to receive disaster aid.

However, a key difference with the SBA loans is the funds are allowed to be used to pay salaries. In addition, a large portion of the loans—which can be up to $10 million—are forgivable.

Separation of Church and State

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Advocates for strict separation of church and state have been vocal with criticism. The Legal and Policy Vice President of American Atheists Alison Gill calls it a “drastic attack.”

“The government cannot directly fund inherently religious activities. It can’t spend government tax dollars on prayer, on promoting religion [or] proselytization. That directly contradicts the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

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Some are finding it hard to stomach churches getting a government handout when they never pay their fair share.

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Separation of church and state. Say it louder for those in the back.

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