I will say here like I said on JesusNeedsNewPR. Most of the complaints about this say it is like taking money from the Government. If you take money from BP (or the government) you will be beholden to them later.Instead, I think this should be much more like receiving an insurance payment. If a BP gas station blew up and seriously damaged your building, I cannot think of any good reason why a church would not accept an insurance payment. For the oil spill, many churches, like many other non-profits in the area, put out a lot of money to help those in their church and in their community and at the same time were getting less from their congregation because many in the church were out of work. Now I would not object to BP asking for proof (though financial statements) to show that they really were down in offerings, but I do not think it is inappropriate to receive just compensation for a loss.