By Nelson A. Pryor
The Veterans Administration has entered in to a dangerous policy of censorship. Congressman Joe Poe, has congratulated the Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Houston, Texas, for bringing the problem to light.
Joe Poe says: “The First Amendment rights of veterans have come under attack by the Federal Government. The director of the Houston Veterans Administration Cemetery has led an authoritarian quest to remove Christianity and religion from funerals. She has banned the words ‘God’ and ‘Jesus Christ’ in the burial ceremonies of deceased veterans. She censors the prayers. She shut down the chapel, took out the cross, took out the Bible and locked the doors.”
Congressman Joe Poe, on September 7, 2011, said: “Government censorship of funeral services for those who have fought and died for our country is unacceptable, unconstitutional and un-American. The policy of the director is anti-Christian, antireligious and antiveteran.” Congressional Record, 9/7/2011, page H5941).
To correct this injustice, he has introduced a bill, HR 2848, entitled the Veterans Religious Freedom Act. This bill will protect the constitutional right to freedom of religion and prohibit the Veterans Administration from censoring free speech and censoring religion. It will also require the veteran cemetery directors to be veterans.
Representative Poe says further: “The First Amendment is sacred. Funerals are sacred. And when our veterans are buried, that soil becomes sacred. It is the constitutional duty of the Federal Government to protect speech and religion, not censor it.”
“And that’s the way it is.”
VETERANS ADMINISTRTION POLICY
The VA’s policy came to light in Houston because of an observant VFW chapter and a Congressman who listens! This Congressman, Joe Poe, is now informing the Nation. Just how invasive this VA policy is, will come to light, as more people become acquainted with the situation.
For all those who are outraged, contact your Congressman, Ander Crenshaw and ask him to co-sponsor HR 2848.
We further need to contact members of the Committee on Veteran Affairs. Listed below are members of our Florida delegation.
First, we are exceptionally fortunate to have the Chairman of the Committee, in CD 1, Pensacola. He is Jeff Miller. Other members of the Committee are: Cliff Stearns, Gus Bilirakis and Ms. Corrine Brown.
HOW COMMITTEES WORK
The Chairman, if he sees merit in the bill or if the pressure builds and he has to act, will either schedule a hearing or pass the buck and send it to a sub-committee.
If the pressure keeps on building, a hearing will be held and a vote taken to amend, reject or pass the bill. Ultimately, the bill has to pass the full committee(s). It then has to go to the Rules Committee. Once that takes place, it takes a number and awaits an opening to be voted on b the full House.
In the meantime, the bill needs to be introduced into the Senate so that they can get started.
THE MADISON COUNTY REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Will meet at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 25, at the Madison Public Library.
ALL REPUBLICANS WELCOME
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