August 1, 2011 in Constitutional
This morning, Jeff Katz mentioned the following outrageous story from Houston:
Three separate organizations have come forward complaining the cemetery’s director and other government officials are violating the First Amendment. Members from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion and the National Memorial Ladies all complain of “religious hostility” at the cemetery.
A 26-page complaint outlines the allegations. According to the court papers, the cemetery’s director, Arleen Ocasio, bans the word “God” and requires prayers to be submitted for government approval.
“We were told we could no longer say “God bless you” and “God bless your family,” said Marilyn Koepp, a volunteer with the National Memorial Ladies.
Nobleton Jones felt belittled when he says a government official told him he couldn’t use the word “God” in his recitation to a family as he handed them a
bag of shell casings from a gun salute.
If you would like to express your displeasure at this censorship the number to the Houston VA Cemetery is 281-447- 8686. (Thanks to a reader for sending this information!)