VA: Invoking God at Services OK


It says religious speech is allowed and common — but lawsuit disagrees


by Lindsay Wise


The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday said that invoking the name of God or Jesus is not only allowed, but common at VA National Cemeteries across the country.

Local veterans and volunteer groups have accused VA officials of censoring religious speech — including the words Jesus and God — at Houston National Cemetery.

In one example cited in documents filed this week in federal court, cemetery director Arleen Ocasio reportedly told volunteers with the National Memorial Ladies that they had to stop telling families “God bless you” at funerals and that they had to remove the words “God bless” from condolence cards.

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