They’ve risked their lives in battle, saved lives and performed feats of extraordinary courage in life-risking situations – all to protect our way of life.
And now, at VA hospitals in three states, children have been barred from singing Christmas carols, and passing out Christmas cards and presents bearing the term “Merry Christmas” – in order to protect these brave warriors from being offended by what the Regime deems to be inappropriate expressions of Christmas cheer. Our way of life is no longer deemed appropriate by the powers that be.
The Veterans Administration has enacted a “no tolerance” policy for the the “C” word.
Todd Starnes reports that “in Iowa City, American Legion members were told they could not hand out presents to veterans if the wrapping paper said Merry Christmas,” for crying out loud.
The American Legion has asked the VA Central Office for an explanation of why it appears Christians are being singled out for restrictions.
“First of all, VA’s decision to prohibit the delivery of Christmas cards that mention Christmas is ludicrous,” Dellinger said. “Second of all, VA has been down this road before, and recently. VA has been warned through a federal court decree to stop denying freedom of religious expression at its facilities. It’s pretty obvious the Dallas VA did not get that memo.”
On Monday morning boys and girls from Grace Academy in Prosper, Tex., were planning on hand delivering the cards to the wounded veterans. Math teacher Susan Chapman called the hospital to make final arrangements and that’s when she learned there was a problem.
“I told him my students made cards, we’d like to bring them down for the veterans,” Chapman told MyFoxDFW.com. “And he said, ‘That’s great. We’re thrilled to have them, except the only thing is, we can’t accept anything that says ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘God bless you’ or any scriptural references because of all the red tape.'”
A VA official quoted the policy which is in the Veterans Health Administration handbook:
“In order to be respectful of our veterans’ religious beliefs, all donated holiday cards are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team of staff led by chaplaincy services and determined if they are appropriate (non-religious) to freely distribute to patients. We regret this process was not fully explained to this group and apologize for any misunderstanding.”
“It really didn’t occur to me there would be a problem with distributing Christmas cards,” said Chapman. She’s married to a veteran and volunteers with the American Legion and other veterans’ organizations.
Can you imagine the abject horror and dismay of a sick vet opening a Christmas card at Christmas time, and reading the words “Merry Christmas?” I mean come on. Thank Gaia the VA stepped in and prevented this abomination from happening.
High school students from the Alleluia Community School were told they could sing about Frosty the Snowman but not the Baby Jesus at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Ga.
Instead, when they arrived to perform, the students were given a list of 12 Christmas songs provided by the hospital’s pastoral service that had been “deemed appropriate for celebration within the hearing range of all veterans.”
In other words, all secular, nothing sacred, the Augusta Chronicle reported.
“Military service veterans, male and female, represent people of all faiths,” hospital spokesman Brian Rothwell said in a statement to the newspaper. “It is out of respect for every faith that The Veterans Administration gives clear guidance on what ‘spiritual care’ is to be given and who is to give it.”
Dan Funsch, the school’s principal, told me this is the first year they’ve been told not to perform religious carols.
“Have we gotten to the point where there are approved Christmas songs?” he asked. “What concerns me is using our government to apply an agenda of aggressive secularization, systematically removing any reference to the Christian underpinnings of western civilization.”
The students opted not to deviate from their prepared selections and left without singing any carols.
“That’s censorship, pure and simple,” Dellinger said.
So now we’re down to State approved winter solsice songs. Uncle Joe (Stalin) would be so proud.
The VA has been slapped down by a US district judge in the past for this type of behavior. Judge Lynn Hughes signed a court order enforcing a degree prohibiting the VA from engaging in religious censorship.
“It is shameful that the VA continues to censor religious speech in Christmas cards when the VA knows it is against the law to do so,” Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute, said. “If the VA does not comply with the law and the spirit of the ongoing federal court order from our previous case, we will have no choice but to once again go to federal court to enforce the rights of these students.”