Wednesday, June 29, 2011

VA Dept. in Houston Censoring Religious Speech; Tells Veterans Groups Stop Using the Word "God"

The Houston (Texas) Chronicle website reports today (June 29, 2011) that local veterans and volunteer groups say officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs are censoring their 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 who attend veterans' funerals to stop telling families "God bless you."

The volunteers say they also were told to remove the words "God bless" from condolence cards.

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