In the ongoing struggle against a greater power, those on the Left find themselves always struggling to try to diminish the influence of those that believe in God, even in defiance of a judge’s order. The following story is an example of their determination to ignore what is true and just in order to further their own agendas.
Is The VA Censoring ‘God’ Out of Funeral Prayers At Houston Cemetery?
June 29, 2011
Imagine how you would feel if you lost a loved one serving in the military. Your family has paid the ultimate price, protecting the freedoms that all Americans enjoy. And now friends and relatives have gathered at the “National Cemetery” for a funeral service and to pay respects to the departed. However, nothing can proceed until the words of the memorial service have been screened and approved.
Sound a little far-fetched? Well, That‘s the battle that’s been happening between Texas veterans and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) for months.
Earlier this year, the (VA) asked that all specific references to God be removed from the Memorial Day ceremonies slated to be held at the Houston cemetery. A judge granted a stay against the VA and the prayers were allowed to go on without government oversight or editing. But the battle continued, despite a very clear warning from the bench:
“..the judge warned the agency it had stepped too far, saying officials were essentially “decreeing how citizens honor their veterans.”
Attorney Jeff Mateer represents the Liberty Institute; he says the cemetery director won’t allow the use of “God” or “Jesus” unless the family submits the prayer in writing for her approval.
“In addition, director Arlene Ocasio has stated the National Memorial Ladies cannot tell families ‘God Bless,’ they cannot communicate in writing or orally,” says Mateer. “And that violates the U.S. Constitution.”
Marilyn Koepp is with the National Memorial Ladies. “I would have been appalled if when the VFW did my father’s funeral in 2004, if they could not have said ‘God,’ what is happening to our country?” she asks.
Vietnam veteran Nobelton Jones hands out shells from the 21-gun salute to families, but says the cemetery director is trying to censor him as well.
“On March 15, she said that at the District 4 ceremony, that I could not say ‘We wish that God grant you and your family grace, mercy and peace,’ she specifically said that,” claims Jones.
“It’s just unfair that somebody would ask us to take God out of our vocabulary,” Cheryl Whitfield, founder of Houston National Memorial Ladies, told the Houston Chronicle.
“I could’ve kept my mouth shut and let things happen, but when it comes to standing up for your belief in God and giving comfort to the families, I don’t want to regret not saying anything,” she added. “We all had to stand up for what we believe in.”
The Liberty Institute has filed a formal complaint alleging “a widespread and consistent practice of discriminating against private religious speech” at the cemetery.
Get more of the story from KTRH-RADIO.
Interestingly enough, those on the left forget that the supposed reason for their belief that the Constitution and its Amendments refuses a link between the state and religion. Unfortunately, they fail to actually read the First Amendment, thus they are unaware of the fact that it actually is intended to protect religion.
But, many don’t fully understand the Amendments. For instance, the First Amendment actually grants five rights to the citizens of the United States. Allow me to provide the text of that amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
First mentioned is that Congress shall make no law establishing a religion, but it goes on to specifically prohibit Congress from prohibiting the free exercise of religion. That is the part that the Leftists conveniently leave out. That is why it is an abomination for someone to try to use what grants our freedoms to deny them to us.
Fortunately, the First Amendment also grants the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. But, I always keep in mind that the very first part of the First Amendment was included to allow us the rights to our beliefs in God.
Now, it is our duty to be alert of the efforts of the enemies of liberty, even that of using our constitution and our laws to try to thwart the freedoms that we enjoy. We must be aware that that the enemies of liberty are within this country as well as out of it.