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Storm aid for all

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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:30 am

Homeowners hit by Hur-ricane Sandy can get federal aid. Businesses are eligible for low-interest loans.

But religious institutions are left out in the cold. They shouldn’t be. The Howard Beach Jewish Center, for one, took such a beating in the storm it’s in danger of closing.

New U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) tried to fix the problem by including houses of worship in the Sandy aid bill passed this week, but her amendment failed.

We see no reason religious institutions should be barred from the aid that other nonprofit groups can get. Since it would go to any religion, there’s no First Amendment issue. We hope Meng succeeds in finding the remedy she still seeks.

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