A month ago, I wrote a post on a VA cemetery in Texas, the Houston National Cemetery, banning the words “God,” “Jesus,” and “God bless” from all funerals because the cemetery’s director, Arleen Ocasio, deems those words to be “offensive.”
Houston’s KTRK ABC13 reports that a local pastor got a restraining order against the cemetery after being told to edit “Jesus” from his prayer during the Memorial Day weekend. Other veteran groups complained after they too were told to refrain from using “God” or “Jesus” during funerals. They also allege Ocasio closed the chapel and turned it into a conference room. Ocasio claims she was only trying to make prayers “more inclusive of other religions.”
I firmly believe that we telegraph to others who and what we are via our physical appearance. Just think of how many little decisions we make about our visage, hair, and clothing. This is what Ms. Ocasio looks like, with a butch haircut:
Michelle Lancaster of BigGovernment, has a follow-up, July 23, 2011.
Nothing’s changed. Not only is Ocasio still the VA cemetery’s director, the Department of Veterans Affairs defended Ocasio, stating the accusations in the current lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs and Ocasio are categorically false.
But Republican Congressman John Culberson, who was elected in 2000 to represent Texas District 7, took it upon himself to go undercover at a recent military hero’s funeral. Culberson personally witnessed censorship of freedom of speech and freedom of religion at the funerals of our veterans.
Culberson is so upset with the Director’s actions that he’s threatening to “zero out” her salary unless she quits or moves elsewhere. Culberson is Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee for the Veterans Administration. Here’s Culberson telling KTRH’s Matt Patrick that he will “ride her out” of not just Houston, but all of Texas:
Tell Mr. Culberson that you support him! Go here to send him an e-mail.
Here’s contact info for the Houston National Cemetery:
10410 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77038
White Pages says there are only 4 people named “Arlene Ocasio” living in the U.S. But I can’t find the “Arlene Ocasio” who lives in Houston in either the White Pages or Zaba. However, Spokeo has an Arlene Ocasio, single, living on Furlong Ln in Houston, TX.
Let’s get the witch out of the Houston National Cemetery!!!