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Veteran's organizations suing to give all veteran's Christian funeral's - whether they want one or not.

by: JT

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In Texas, the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 4, the American Legion Post 586, and the National Memorial Ladies society are suing the Veteran's Administration to demand Christian prayers be included in every veteran's funeral.*

Now the VA has what seems to be a reasonable policy - they include Christian prayers, Jewish prayers, Islamic prayers, even Satanist prayers if the deceased or the deceased's family have requested it. But they don't automatically include such religious elements. It's up to the family - or the deceased if he or she planned ahead. If they want a secular funeral with no calls on any deity, that's what VA policy calls for.

The three organizations suing are screaming discrimination because the VA is not allowing them to impose their Christian views on those that don't want to hear them in their funerals. And if you google this lawsuit, you will find countless fundamentalist religious bloggers who support the lawsuit blaming the VA policy on Obama - rather than the First Amendment.

It's interesting to note that both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion were active in lawsuits to keep Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church away from the funerals of veterans. It seems they want only a subset of the various versions of their Christian god to attend veteran's funerals.

Notes:

* Austin Cline has a excellent article on this issue on About.com