Better not say that G-word

Posted: June 30, 2011 by aliceaitch in Liberal FAIL, Nanny State

Aren’t funerals usually a time when the living are offering their pain up to their chosen deity?

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.

Jones said he has presented shell casings from the gun salute to veterans’ grieving family members at funerals in Houston National Cemetery for the past three years.

But after a burial ceremony May 16, Jones said a government official told him he could no longer recite the words he always says when he hands over the shells: “We ask that God grant you and your family grace, mercy and peace.”

I’m trying to understand what kind of person seeks a job as a cemetery director and then tries to take comfort away from grieving families.  If someone had complained about all that Goddiness at a funeral, you’d think Arleen Ocasio would have mentioned it somewhere along the line, seeing as a federal case is being made of this.
  1. Even the judge is fuming about this case. In a logical world this wouldn’t be happening. In a just world, this would not end well for her. But the cemetery is under the gov’t, so no telling.

  2. alexthechick says:

    You know, there is that whole “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” part of the First Amendment. Some people need to be reminded of that.

  3. TimothyJ says:

    Liberals are attempting to take over any position of power where they can subvert the “God” factor out of our lives. We stupidly let them, so whose fault is it anyway?

  4. DejahThoris says:

    I don’t understand by what right a federal employee (who is not operating in a judicial or legislative capacity…and even then it is a limited right) gets to tell anyone what to say about anything!

    Houston became a national cemetery in 1973 after the passage of the National Cemetery Act.

    It is a VA cemetery, therefore it receives federal funding, and that stupid twit who is pulling this shit is a federal employee and should be receiving her ass in small squishy pieces right about now!

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