Houston VA accused of censoring religious speech
By LINDSAY WISE
Copyright 2011 HOUSTON CHRONICLE
June 28, 2011, 9:40PM
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."
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JD wants you to take action if you feel inclined to do so. Here's who you need to contact to share your displeasure with the decision Cemetery Director Arleen Ocasio has made:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary: Eric K. Shinseki
810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Room 1000
Washington, DC, 20420
Phone: (202) 273-4800
Fax: (202) 273-4877
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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Jon-David says to demand (in a courteous way, of course) that they pass HB 41 the way it is. No gutting and get down there Friday and represent the people. THE PEOPLE WANT THIS TO PASS AS IS.
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Thanks to Debra Medina for having the courage to come forward and lead the charge by getting the information out to the People. We Texans is a dedicated and chartered as a non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting public policy and legislation that advances and protects private property, personal and economic liberty, and the legitimate role of the states and their citizens within the framework of constitutional government. Through education and activism, We Texans will engage in research and analysis and strive to return accountability and freedom-minded principles, in accordance with the Texas and U.S. Constitutions, to the Texas legislature and her citizenry.
Find Debra's report on the bill here.