Yet another demonstration of the fundamental hostility to Christianity that lurks barely beneath the surface in the Obama administration:
Local veterans and volunteer groups accuse Department of Veterans Affairs officials of censoring religious speech — including the word “God” – at Houston National Cemetery.
In one example cited in documents filed this week in federal court, cemetery director Arleen Ocasio reportedly told volunteers with the National Memorial Ladies that they had to stop telling families “God bless you” at funerals and that they had to remove the words “God bless” from condolence cards.
“It’s just unfair that somebody would ask us to take God out of our vocabulary,” said Cheryl Whitfield, founder of Houston National Memorial Ladies.
“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,” Whitfield said. “We all had to stand up for what we believe in.”
The new allegations of “religious hostility” by VA and cemetery officials follow on the heels of a controversy over Pastor Scott Rainey’s prayer in Jesus’ name at a Memorial Day service in the cemetery.
U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes ruled May 26 that the government couldn’t stop Rainey from using the words “Jesus Christ” in his invocation. Hughes issued a temporary restraining order to prevent VA from censoring Rainey’s prayer.
Go here to read the rest at the Houston Chronicle. Let us be clear on a few points. There are powerful forces in the Obama administration who despise Christianity and are very unclear on the concept of freedom of religion as practiced in this country for over 200 years. If you are a believing Christian they regard you as an idiot and they will do everything in their power to drive what they perceive as your silly superstition from the public square. This country has never had an administration as hostile to the faith of the majority of Americans as this one, and they assume that they can take these slaps at Christianity because Christians are too supine to do anything about it. Time will tell if they are right in that assumption.