VA Cemetery Bans “God” & “Jesus” for Being “Offensive”

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This is OUTRAGEOUS !!!!!

A VA cemetery, the Houston National Cemetery, has banned the words “God,” “Jesus,” and “God bless” from all funerals because the cemetery’s director, Arleen Ocasio, deems those words to be “offensive.”

I find Arleen Ocasio to be utterly offensive. Here’s contact info for the Houston National Cemetery:

10410 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77038
Phone: 281-447-8686
Fax: 281-447-0580

H/t beloved fellows Tina & May.


Houston National Cemetery

VA Cemetery to Veterans: The Word “God,” “Jesus” are Offensive, no Longer Allowed

Posted by Aurelius – Pundit Press – June 29, 2011

The Houston National Cemetery has told veterans and volunteers alike that they can no longer use the word “God,””God bless,” or “Jesus” at any and all funerals or condolence cards.  The word “God” has been deemed ‘offensive.’

That is according to local volunteer and veterans groups that work at the cemetery.  They are now suing the Cemetery in federal court so that they can use the word God.

To cite one specific example given in the suit, the director of the cemetery, Arleen Ocasio commanded volunteers never to use “God bless you” and “God bless” ever again at the cemetery.

Cheryl Whitfield, founder of Houston National Memorial Ladies, could not simply stand by. “I could’ve kept my mouth shut and let things happen, but when it comes to standing up for your belief in God and giving comfort to the families, I don’t want to regret not saying anything,” she said. “We all had to stand up for what we believe in.”

Specifically, the suit brought against the cemetery and the Department of Veterans Affairs states that there has been “a widespread and consistent practice of discriminating against private religious speech.”

The suit goes on to describe Ms. Ocasio’s running of the cemetery:

“The doors remain locked during Houston National Cemetery operating hours, the cross and the Bible have been removed, and the Chapel bells, which tolled at least twice a day, are now inoperative. Director Ocasio only unlocks the chapel doors when meetings or training sessions are held at the building. Furthermore, it is no longer called a ‘chapel’ but a ‘meeting facility.’ ”

Another man allegedly discriminated against in the suit was Vietnam veteran Nobleton Jones. After reciting the words, “We ask that God grant you and your family grace, mercy and peace” at a burial ceremony, a phrase that he has used for decades, he was told to stop.

“That makes me feel smaller, even after I spent my time in the military, fighting so that people should be able to say that,” he said in response. “I did all this for my country and you are going to tell me what I can and can’t say?”

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17 responses to “VA Cemetery Bans “God” & “Jesus” for Being “Offensive”

  1. Sent this to a friend in Texas. I want this woman FIRED. If I can get the info I need,I will share.

  2. This is stark, raving crazy…….it sounds like something from the grey, Cold War, apparatchik, socialist USSR days……next people like this will ban those words from churches and synagogues……I can’t believe this woman won’t be fired.
    Things seem to be getting crazier and crazier at a wildly exponentially expanding rate….
    I’ve been thinking about that Youtube vid “Natural Born Citizen For Dummies” that was posted yesterday (?) and today there is another piece on WorldNetDaily about the mounting MOUNTAIN of evidence of forgery and Obama’s shiny new BC…..and it is incredible that it is being ignored…either way one looks at it, the administration owning a forgery or the Constitutionality of the Natural Born Citizen argument…..Obama is ineligible….or at least his eligibility is in doubt…but no one is yet willing to question it.
    One of these days something will cause a tipping point and I do believe it will all come crashing down….but until then, up is down and down is up…..
    When God is unmentionable at a VA funeral, things have really gone too far.

  3. What’ll be next? Do these people realise when they die they will have to stand before God and Jesus. I hear Kansas has banned abortion. Good news for once. God bless all. Today is the feast of the Sacred Heart so I said a prayer for you all and lit a candle.

    • Thank you for the prayer and for your reminder that today is the feast of our beloved Lord’s Sacred Heart !!!

      God bless you, Lone! +++

  4. charlesmountain

    There has been a lot of breaking news involving Obama’s phony BC with Corsi at the National Press Conference with Adobe expert Zebest. Donofrio has established precedent for NBC in a Supreme Court ruling and more….
    The biggest fraud in history has been perpetrated on the American People and you are not staying current with the events.

    • On the contrary, we on the FOTM are staying on top of this. Just because we don’t post on this doesn’t mean we’re not informed. We’ve done so many posts on this (see our “The Obama Chronicles” page, esp. the posts colored red), I won’t do another one until we have something earth-shaking, and nothing that I’ve seen on Corsi at the National Press Club is earth-shaking.

      Of course, instead of ragging FOTM — a non-commercial private blog for which we get ZERO $ for our time and labors, and for which readers such as you pay nothing — nothing stops you, charlesmountain, from leaving a comment with a link to a source if you found some earthshaking piece of news.

  5. Why don’t the churches stand up for anything anymore? I guess they are social clubs only (501c3 puppets) . Veterans and civic groups are useless in the long run, no one seems to care either. Just a few individuals speaking out. I don’t support any org. they accomplish zero. Patriots work over decades informing others to incl talk radio has been in vain; no results ever seen.

  6. I hope that all Texans rise up against this ruling. I know that if it were my funeral I would want my priest to disobey and call on God for mercy. I would want my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to be a part of the service . I would hope that the Holy spirit would be there to comfort my loved ones. It is despicable. She is imposing her beliefs on everyone else. This ban on Christianity and the ban on patriotism needs to stop.

  7. My friend e-mailed me back with this news. She called the main office and spoke with “Mike” he told her,nothing changed in the many years he’s worked there. The services are still the same as when her father was buried there in 1998. He said the Bible and Cross are still there and are placed in the chapel for services at the family’s wishes,says he has never heard any references or orders or policy regarding the use of God or God Bless or Jesus. The chapel has always been called “The Chapel” and he’s never heard it referred to as a meeting room. My friend says “This Ocasio woman may have made personal statements of opinion to this affect and may be a slime bag,but according to him it is not policy. She says guess the law suit will tell.

    • Thank you, Tina, for this information! Interesting we’re getting two different versions. Let’s hope it’s just this Ocasio woman, who then should be FIRED !!!

  8. Out of respect for my dear friend Eowyn, I will not post my true feelings on this thread, as I am not sure I can disguise my true feelings, and I wouldn’t want to offend any of my friends here.

    Besides, my “F” and “B” keys have pretty much had it of late, so I’m going to get a new keyboard tomorrow.


    • Dear Dave,

      When have you ever not posted your true feelings on FOTM? LOL

      That’s why I like you — you’re honest with your thoughts and feelings. Don’t ever change, Dave — certainly not for us! LOL

  9. I read this several days ago in another source here in Texas. Aside from being outraged; my thought then as now, was this: What part of

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. :
    If congress cannot, according to the Constitution make laws regarding religion stated above; then why does Arleen Ocasio believe that she can ?
    Tthere are minor functionaries like Arlleen Ocasio around the country, who consider themselves THE LAW. But they are just mimicing the Big O and his executive orders and edicts. Governing by fiat is a dangerous thing to allow. but IT IS SPREADING to every governing body in this country, local, county,state, and federal government.
    Community Redevelopment Councils are another prime example of this insidious practice of dictating to YOU the citizen.. But that’s another subject which was covered this week. So I am done, thanks for your indulgence.

  10. P.S. here is updated information The following is the link to KHOU TV out of Houston:, regarding the VA Cemetary subject.
    A lot of the expanded attention is thanks in large part to an article written by a friend of mine in our women’s political action group in Texas, which also is a chapter of a nation wide group called Smart Girls Politics.

    • Linda, please give our thanks to your friend! It is only by shining the light on despicable behavior such as that of cemetery Director Arleen Ocasio, that they are exposed, like cockroaches.

  11. Why do we let people in high places tell us what we can do and not to do. So far as i know we are still free. I don’t believe a civilian can make rules for arm service.

  12. UPDATE:

    Yesterday, July 4, nearly 1,000 people attended the Religious Freedom Rally at the Houston National Cemetery. A coalition of Houston area pastors, representing a variety of ethnic and religious denominations, stood alongside several Texas politicians and local officials to support our veterans, their families, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.


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