And here we go again. The slow, steady creep of unconstitutional squashing of Article 1 of the Bill of Rights is picking up steam as the highest levels of the military establishment are infiltrated by progressive liberals intent on one thing: the erasure of God in the United States government. The Director of the Houston National Cemetary, Arleen Ocasio, and Veterans Affaires is being brought to task by Liberty Institute in a law suit on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 4, The American Legion Post 586, and the National Memorial Ladies with new allegations of religious hostility and unlawful censorship. Last month, Liberty Institute successfully represented Houston pastor Scott Rainey in the same federal court after Houston VA officials tried to prevent him from praying in Jesus’ name at a Memorial Day ceremony. Texan Republican Representative Ted Poe has joined the cause and is now calling for Ocasio’s resignation.
“They’ve told the VFW and the American Legion that they cannot have prayer during the burial services of our veterans, unless the family requests it in writing and submits the prayer for pre-approval,” said Liberty Institute general counsel Jeff Mateer. Houston National Cemetary Director Ocasio has illegally demanded scripts of any prayers that will be said for the funerals of our fallen soldiers. She has then instructed that the words, “God”, “Jesus” and “God Bless” be stricken from any of these prayers. The following abuses are also included in the law suit:
- VA Forbids Mention of God at Funerals for Veterans and Requires Families to Submit Prayer for Approval to the Government
- VA instructs the VFW and a Private Funeral Home that they may not present the option of prayer to families
- VA Tells Volunteers to Remove “God Bless” from Condolence Cards to Grieving Families
- VA Closes Cemetery Chapel; Uses it for Storage
Americans need to READ Article 1 of the Bill of Rights. There is no such thing as ‘separation of church and state’. These words are a simple paraphrase used to conveniently describe the 1st amendment. The truly ironic part is that this paraphrase is being used to actually VIOLATE the very clause it represents. This situation is a perfect example. The Bill of Rights, Article 1 states:
“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.”
Plain & simple. There is no such thing as ‘separation of church & state’. This Article specifically protects the freedom of EVERY person- anytime, anywhere and under any circumstance. No public servant’s speech may be likewise limited in any fashion. Teachers, politicians, students & soldiers ALL have freedom of religious speech & prayer under the very Article that progressive liberals are using to repress them.
Regular Americans like you and me need to stand up now. We have been patient and generous for too long. The corruption of the progressive liberals in our courts, government & politics has reached a breaking point. Had stubborn American families not ceasely complained about these illegal, tragic infringements on their rights, this would still be happening in Houston. Not only that, but it would have spread like wild fire to all National Cemeteries. Tax payer Cemetaries. Every American needs to demand that our Government stick to the law. Because no matter which side of the fence you sit on, someday, it could be YOUR free speech that will be limited. How would all you atheists out there like the U.S. Government to force prayers upon you upon your own death? Or the death of your atheist son? The winds of change are fickle. You could be on the wrong side of the law- and your regret for not defending your own Constitutional rights will be profound indeed.