Katherine Stewart

Katherine Stewart is an American journalist and author.

Recent Articles

Should Government Save Religion from Acts of God?

The religious right wants to open up the spigots of government funding after natural disasters. But their ultimate goal is to secure more public funds for churches—even if it means undoing the First Amendment.

(Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)
(Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP) Church members say a prayer on the lawn of the First Presbyterian Church of Dickinson, which was badly damaged by Harvey, on September 3, in Dickinson, Texas. I n between Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Trump took the time to plant a tweet bomb under the First Amendment. “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others),” he twittered. If it seems a little hasty to start arguing about money before the streets are dry, that’s because, well, we’re talking big money here, and not just disaster money. The thing about today’s religious right is it is really focused on the bottom line—and the First Amendment is starting to look like roadkill on the path to the ultimate payday. The demand for FEMA relief for houses of worship sounded innocuous at first. In view of the devastating news from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Mississippi, and the ongoing recovery...