Freedom from Religion Foundation Admits to Taking PPP Loan Under $500,000 After Criticizing Churches for Receiving Federal Loans

The Freedom from Religion Foundation, which has been critical of churches being among the recipients of forgivable loans under the federal Paycheck Protection Program, admitted that it, too, took a loan “of less than half a million dollars” after a partial list of borrowers was released this week.

“As a qualifying secular 501(c)(3) nonprofit, FFRF was eligible for and received a forgivable loan under the Paycheck Protection Program of less than half a million dollars,” the nation’s largest atheist legal organization said in a statement at the bottom of an article titled, “Churches took in billions from taxpayers during pandemic.”

The admission by the atheist group, which has said it’s “unconstitutional” for religious groups to receive taxpayer funds, came the day after the Small Business Administration released the partial list of borrowers.

SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program is intended to help small businesses and nonprofits weather coronavirus-related shutdowns, through Aug. 8.

Also on Tuesday, atheist Hemant Mehta, who writes the “Friendly Atheist” blog on Patheos, wrote that the American Humanist Association and American Atheists had also received “between $150,000 – $350,000.”

“A larger loan of $350,000 – $1,000,000 was given to the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Center For Inquiry,” Mehta added.

In June, when FFRF asked for “all records of any taxpayer funds flowing to Trump’s most vocal Christian Nationalist supporters, including every member of Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board and their churches,” it did not disclose having received a PPP loan while issuing a statement.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar

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