Well, I don’t think even Ripley would believe this load of cra* that Obama’s administration is hoisting upon the American public.
Below is an article from the Spokane Examiner, isn’t it amazing how you never hear about the Obama administration trying to rip our rights away on major publications or major news networks?
“I’ve never said a prayer in my life that didn’t end with Jesus Christ,” said the Rev. Scott Rainey, left, who’s shown with Erin Leu, attorney for Liberty Institute.
Terri Langford Chronicle .
Federal judge overrules Obama VA, says pastor can pray in the name of Jesus
By Joe Newby, Spokane Conservative Examiner
One would expect to hear a Christian pastor pray in the name of Jesus at a cemetery on Memorial Day.
That’s what Pastor Scott Rainey of Houston’s Living Word Church of the Nazarene has done for the last two years. This year, however, he was ordered not to by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Houston National Cemetery.
After being asked to submit his prayer in writing before the service, the pastor was told by cemetery director Arleen Ocasio he could not pray unless he edited the text and removed the name “Jesus.”
The prayer concluded with “in the name of Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.”
“Our national cemeteries are places for all veterans of all beliefs,” Ocasio wrote. “We cannot be exclusive at a ceremony meant to be inclusive for all our nation’s veterans.”
Attorney Geoff Berg supported Ocasio’s position, calling it “the American way.” “This is a country without a specific religion,” he told My Fox Houston.
But a federal judge stepped in and the pastor was allowed to give his prayer.
According to Fox News:
U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes issued the order preventing the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and the Houston National Cemetery from ordering Pastor Scott Rainey to remove the name of Jesus from his prayer. The judge ruled that such censorship violated the First Amendment.
The First Amendment reads:
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.
Jeff Mateer of the Liberty Institute represented Rainey, and called the action by the VA ‘government censorship.’
“Our veterans fought and many died for our religious freedom and to have it stripped away under the façade of inclusiveness is the height of offense to those who have served our country,” he said.
Jared Woodfill, Chairman of the Harris county Republican Party, called the move “religious persecution” by “the wild-eyed left.” Woodfill writes:
Respected Houston Pastor Scott Rainey, who has delivered invocations before the Texas State House of Representatives, the Harris County Commissioners Court, and for the past two years, at the Houston National Cemetery’s Memorial Day Ceremony, was denied the permission to pray according to his faith.
Woodfill’s harshest criticism was directed at the Obama administration:
The Obama Administration is trying to socialize the American economy and now they’re also coming after our religious liberty.
Liberty Institute attorney Erin Leu told Fox News Radio that Ocasio’s actions were clearly unconsitutional and issued a warning: “People should be very alarmed that the government was attempting to censor someone’s private religious prayer.”
For now, Pastor Rainey can continue to pray in the name of Jesus Christ – even in a National Cemetery.
“I have never said a prayer in my life where I didn’t end it by saying ‘in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, amen,’” Rainey told My Fox Houston.
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