Lying for Jesus almost worked

Religious Right activists love to spread tales of outrage about alleged attempts by government officials to censor religion. These stories are great for fund-raising and stirring up the faithful, but over the years I’ve learned to be skeptical of them.

Consider a case under way in Houston. According to the Religious Right, an official with the Department of Veterans Affairs named Arleen Ocasio has ordered volunteers with an organization called the National Memorial Ladies to stop saying “God bless you” to families at funerals and sending them religious sympathy cards. Furthermore, Ocasio is accused of closing a chapel at the Houston National Cemetery and even stripping it of Christian material.

The Liberty Institute, a Texas-based Religious Right outfit, has filed a lawsuit. Local veterans have held rallies to express their outrage. Emotions are running high, and some are calling for Ocasio to be fired.

Visit Americans United for Separation of Church and State to read the actual story.

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German-Atheist on 09/09/2011 03:19

I just read the article and there are some really interesting facts. It's just amazing, what some institutes or (in this case) right activist are doing for religion censorship. Banghead
Luckily, through I am a atheist, I don't care about them and there issues.
Mark, Bike-Parts

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Skeeve on 09/09/2011 11:01

It's only a real issue when they try to make everyone else go along with their delusion. And as this article reflects, they will lie to get that result.

Welcome to the site, btw.

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