Nancy Pelosi Defends Rejection Of ‘God’ On Flag Certificates

Dayton-area GOP Rep. Michael Turner and more than 100 of his Republican colleagues sent a letter to Pelosi last week after an Eagle Scout in his district asked that a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol be sent to his grandfather with a certificate inscribed with the message: “In honor of my grandfather Marcel Larochelle, and his dedication and love of God, country, and family.”

The boy and his father noticed that one word was missing from the certificate that came with the flag. Can you guess which word it was, boys and girls?

Outraged that the Architect of the Capitol wouldn’t allow any religious expressions on the flag certificates, Turner sent a letter of protest to Nancy Pelosi.

Asked about the issue today at a press luncheon, Pelosi said the architect’s policy was adopted because “people were asking for statements that not only were religious, beyond using the word God, but political as well.”

Okay, fair enough. Let’s go back and review the Eagle Scout’s request:

“In honor of my grandfather Marcel Larochelle, and his dedication and love of God, country, and family.”

Hmmmm…..I guess I’m missing where the political expression is on this one.

Who the hell is this Architect of the Capital, Michael Newdow?

Turner said Tuesday that he will continue seeking more signatures for his letter asking Pelosi to overturn the policy, and “if the speaker and the architect continue to implement their censorship program, we will drop legislation to compel the architect to return to granting inscriptions permitting the acknowledgement of God.”

He said members of Congress vet the appropriateness of messages constituents request with the flags, and their discretion should be sufficient.

“We have the responsibility for these common sense issues that might arise with flag inscriptions and this one is basic,” Turner said. “The architect has decided the word ‘God’ is offensive. This rule should not be allowed to stand.”

I’m sure she will prayerfully consider the issue. As we all know Nancy Pelosi prays all the time.

UPDATE (10/11):

In a total reversal of the ‘no religious expressions’ policy, the Architect of the Capitol, Stephen Ayers, said today he was revising guidelines on Capitol flag certificates because it was “beyond the scope of this agency’s responsibilities to censor messages from members of Congress.”

Nancy Pelosi was asked about the decision at her daily news conference:

“I don’t think the Architect’s office should be in the role of censoring what members want to say,” she said.

That’s slightly different from what she was saying the other day, when she was defending the censorship, but whatevs.

Looks like the Christianists have won this round.

Allahpundit has a video of the whole story from start to finish at Hot Air.

Disgusting! Court Rules In Favor Of Anti-War Tee-Shirt Maker

Sure, it’s a free country.

But are we free to make a buck off the names of fallen soldiers, without even asking the family’s permission to use their names on the shirts? That’s what this dirtbag has been doing, and after a federal court ruled in his favor, he’s gonna keep right on doing it.

From The Arizona Republic:

U.S. District Judge Neil Wake in Phoenix issued a preliminary injunction sought by Daniel Frazier, an anti-war activist who owns and operates a Web site,, where he sells T-shirts using the names of deceased soldiers from Iraq in small print along with slogans such as “Bush Lied, They Died.”

Wake wrote in his 30-page decision that “the political and commercial expressions of speech cannot be separated because the mode of expression has a cost.”

“The nation’s debt to its fallen soldiers may not be paid by giving their families a toll on free speech,” Wake wrote. “The debt must be paid in other ways.”

Sen. Jim Waring, R-Phoenix was not happy with the ruling:

“I don’t know what kind of a society it is when you don’t have a right to control your own name or image,” Waring said. “Celebrities have this control. Professional athletes have this control. I don’t know why we would not offer the same protection to our soldiers who are serving and dying overseas.”

Hat Tip: Ed Gruberman