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Veterans Affairs Bans Mention of God & Jesus at Funerals for Vets

Houston National Cemetary Director Oscasio demands prayer scripts before soldier's funerals & strikes "God", "Jesus" and "God Bless" from prayers.

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.


  1. Bull. I will bet my house (which I don’t have, but you get the picture) this this is simply false. Let’s follow those links:

    “officials told the burial teams that prayer and religious speech could no longer be included in the burial ritual unless the family submits a specific prayer or message in writing to Director Ocasio for her approval”

    Well, duh. Is prayer permitted? Sure! The only prohibition is against government employees (the burial teams) taking it upon themselves to pray to whatever God they happen to believe in at someone else’s funeral. Would you be happy if a burial team – who happened to be muslims, or satanists – chose to honour their god at your nephew’s funeral? No? Well – that’s what this is about.

    “Government official Jose Henriquez also told the VFW Honor Guard Commander, Junior Vice Commander and Chaplain that the word “God” is forbidden.”

    More of the same. No sneaky-sneaky “Oooh, we didn’t say anything specific! We just blah blah blah God etc etc! We weren’t *praying* exactly. I mean, it wasn’t technically* a “prayer, as such.” In writing, by the family of the deceased, or it isn’t going to happen.

    “VA instructs the VFW and a Private Funeral Home that they may not present the option of prayer to families”

    Hmm. I’d like to see the wording of that, given the dishonesty of the rest of the piece.

    Bill ‘o rights article 1 under threat? Not so much. Quite the opposite. Why not read it? That the government may not establish religion – that the govrnment may not have a state-approved church or religion – is *precisely* what this is all about. Well done VA!

    • Paul,

      I think YOU need to read Amendment 1 of the Bill of Rights. I have written an article “What does Separation of Church & State Really Mean” specifically on that subject. I have Article one copied on that post. The first amendment allows any person, public or private, to express their freedom of speech, religious or not, at any time. That is the law. It has been upheld in every case brought to court thus far.

      You are incorrect to say that the VA is simply preventing federal employees from imposing their religious views on families’ burials. If you read the law suit, it specifically accuses the VA from striking the words “God” and “Jesus” from the REQUESTED prayers of the family. You are in error. You’ve got it backwards. Of course a federal employee cannot say whatever prayers THEY want at a funeral. That is not the issue at hand. No is questioning that.

      Honesty of my piece? Show the inaccuracies, Sir. Please read the lawsuit and the news articles. Maybe the reason you don’t have a house is because you bet it so foolishly before.

  2. Eventually liberals will have their way and God will be out. It is written in the bible. But if we do grassroots witnessing and preaching. We can provide a contrast to a Godless system and the theocracy ruled by the King of Kings.

  3. You said it Tokyo Tengu! I feel like I’,m being run over by a herd of elephants! I’ve seen this comming for a long time.

  4. Crazy! It’s almost like the Liberals know that this is their one last chance at total power so they are ramming everything they can past America’s tonsils in the hopes that at least some of it will stick before the “Great Regurgitation” that is most assuredly coming.

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