Obama’s Veterans Administration Prevent School Kid’s Christmas Cards to Troops

Obama’s Veteran’s Administration has prevented delivery of hand-made Christmas cards that were to go to wounded veterans because the cards made by kids at a Dallas area grade school have the words “Merry Christmas” on them. The VA claims that this traditional Christmas wish will upset veterans who aren’t religious and so the cards were not allowed.

Fifty-two students at Grace Academy in Prosper, Texas, sent their hand-made cards to the VA hospital in Dallas on Monday, but authorities declined to accept the cards and would not allow the kids visiting to hand them out, Fox 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

Asked why she was making cards for our wounded soldiers, fourth grader Gracie Brown said, “I’m hoping that it might make their day because their family might live far away, and they might not have somebody to celebrate Christmas with and I’d like them to know they’ve not been forgotten and somebody wanted to say thank you.”

But when teachers from Grace Academy tried to deliver all the cards their kids made the VA said thanks but no thanks.

When she found out her kids’ cards were denied by the bosses at the VA, Gracie’s mother, Andrea, was outraged. “This wasn’t the country I grew up in, when you couldn’t say ‘Merry Christmas,’ you couldn’t say ‘God bless you’ or reference any scripture.”

The VA, though, claimed that it was just trying to be observant of the feelings of the soldiers, not to mention all worried about the mythic “separation of church and state.”

To explain, the VA told Fox that it has a policy about such things.

In order to be respectful of our Veterans religious beliefs, all donated holiday cards are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team of staff led by Chaplaincy services and determined if they are appropriate (non-religious) to freely distribute to patients. After the review is complete, the holiday cards that reference religious and/or secular tones are then distributed by Chaplaincy Service on a one-on-one basis if the patient agrees to the religious reference in the holiday card donation. The holiday cards that do not contain religious and/or secular tones are distributed freely to patients across the Health Care System. We regret this process was not fully explained to this group and apologize for any misunderstanding.

This is just another example of the Obama administration’s war on Christians, of course. These policies are nothing less than that.

Shortlink:

Posted by on December 26, 2013.
Filed under Asshats, Barack Obama, Big government, corruption, Culture, Culture Of Corruption, Democrats, Leftist Tolerance, Liberals, Military, Religion, Religious Liberty.
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

You can leave a response or trackback to this entry
  • jim_m

    That goes along with the VA in Augusta, GA banning Christmas carolers singing songs with religious connotations.

    The VA claims:

    “Military service veterans, male and female, represent people of all
    faiths,” hospital spokesman Brian Rothwell said in a statement according
    to Athens-Banner Herald. “It is out of respect for every faith that The
    Veterans Administration gives clear guidance on what ‘spiritual care’
    is to be given and who is to give it.”

    In other words out of respect for other faiths they decided to offend Christians. Wanna bet they don’t make any similar bans for muslims?

    It’s not a war on Christmas, it’s a leftist war on Christians and Christian morals, values and traditions.

    • jim_m

      Of course, when Major Nidal Hasan committed a muslim religious act the military refused to identify it as such. Although, technically, there is a ban on such muslim religious acts so I guess that islam is treated with similar prejudice by our government.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        The headline charge, supported by Hasan’s own statements in open court, should have been treason as defined in Section 3 Article 3.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Has been for as long as I can remember.

  • bigfish344

    As I read through the article, it appears that eventually all of the cards were delivered, religious cards to those who accepted a religious and all the other card to anyone else.

    • ackwired

      That’s what I saw also. If this is the typical proof of a “War on Christmas” they will have trouble convincing anyone capable of logic. It is entertaining to see this stuff every year, though.

      • jim_m

        That’s right. Nobody is trying to expunge all mention of Christmas from holiday celebrations. It’s all made up.

        “Our equal opportunity representative stopped the briefing and told us that we can’t say Christmas,” the soldier told me. “Almost the entire room blew up. Everybody was frustrated. The equal opportunity rep told our commander that not everyone celebrates Christmas and we couldn’t say Christmas celebration. It had to be holiday celebration.”

        I remember being amazed that the Soviets maintained “political Officers” to maintain party discipline and doctrinal uniformity. We now have the same thing in the US.

        • ackwired

          There are people who are trying to prevent government from endorsing any establishment of religion, and propagandists are able to spin their actions to make it sound as if they are against some individual religion. After all, you have to keep the troops angry! Once they are angry you can post an article on Wisbang about how the VA makes sure that injured soldiers accept the religion reflected in a card and the troops will believe that it is proof of a “War on Christmas”.

          • jim_m

            And there are those among us who would keep dismissing every encroachment upon our culture and values as meaningless simply because they fail to share in those values.

            What you are demanding is a religious free zone around every individual so that no one can be offended by other religions and that everyone be barred from expressing religious beliefs in public places because to do so is somehow having the government establishing a state religion.

            Fact of the matter is that carolers can enter a hospital to entertain the patients and they can sing whatever they damn well please without creating a constitutional crisis. You obviously cannot see the anti-religious bigotry for the simple reason that you share it.

          • ackwired

            There you go again, JIm, just making it up. I’m not demanding anything. But then, you never read what I say. It is so much easier to argue against your straw man.

          • jim_m

            You routinely dismiss all claims of there being any opposition to religion, conservative values, etc. This is not a straw man, it is fact.

            You, yourself put up a straw man demanding that there must be some central organization that operates such a conspiracy when what we are referring to is competing world views and that the left does everything it can to force their views on the rest of us in the name of ‘tolerance’ and using the legal system to bludgeon their ideological opponents.

            Fact is that leftists are constantly attempting to stifle religious speech especially Christian religious speech, claiming that they don’t want to offend anyone, but what they effectively do is violate the rights of Christians. You don’t find this to be a problem because you don’t believe in freedom of religion or that Christians should have rights because they happen to be a majority.

          • ackwired

            There you go again, JIm, just making up what you want me to believe and say. If you ever want to deal with what I actually say, I will be happy to have a conversation with you. Now you are just arguing with yourself. You don’t need me to do that.

          • jim_m

            SO you deny that you were dismissing claims that there is a left wing bias against expression of religious sentiment and against public celebration of holidays such as Christmas? Becasue if you do I would simply refer you to your original comment in this thread and suggest that you may want to revise your statement.

          • ackwired

            This is my original statement…”That’s what I saw also. If this is the typical proof of a “War on
            Christmas” they will have trouble convincing anyone capable of logic.
            It is entertaining to see this stuff every year, though.” The conflict that you see must be with something you made up.

  • Cory Szucs

    Those were literally my favorite. I got 400 Christmas letters from kids when I was at Walter Reed. I haven’t been to church since 2003. Kids aren’t trying to convert me, they’re kids. Go headbutt a samurai sword.

  • Vagabond661

    I guess it doesn’t matter about the veterans who WILL be upset because it doesn’t say “MERRY CHRISTMAS”!

  • The_Queen_of_France

    Can’t let a child’s “Merry Christmas” fall into a wounded soldier’s hands, it might give offense. I fail to see how heartfelt well-wishes given to anyone of any faith at any time of year can be offensive. Unless, of course, your heart is two sizes too small.

  • Commander_Chico

    So disabled veterans in VA hospitals who have said they don’t want religious cards, maybe because they’re Jewish or atheist, won’t be forced to take them? What an outrage!

    Some military people and veterans are vehemently anti-religious, perhaps because they have been disillusioned in war by the “Gott Mit Uns” crowd, hypocritical chaplains and Bible-beating commanders. They have rights, too.

    On the other hand, having a few religious Christmas carols sung in a collective setting should not be banned.

    • jim_m

      I’m sorry. Where exactly in the Constitution can we find the right to not be offended?

      • Commander_Chico

        Disabled veterans in a hospital are a “captive audience” and should not be distressed with state-sponsored prosthelytization being pushed on them.

        If the teachers at Grace Academy truly want to help veterans, they should not be manufacturing fake controversies in order to push their Bible-beating agenda.

        You are correct in that it appears Grace Academy, or someone, intended to give offense.

        • warnertoddhuston

          This has to be said: As far as I am concerned, if you are offended by generic well wishing from a 12-year-old on a hand-made Christmas card you should be punched in the face whether you are a wounded veteran or not. You are simply an ass hole. Serving the nation does not excuse you from being an ass hole. Ask John Kerry.

          • jim_m

            I think we can agree that although chico may have served in the naval reserves he is indeed a complete ass..

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            I’ll agree to the second part…

        • jim_m

          They weren’t state sponsored you hateful idiot. Since when was the state paying to have the carolers in? Are you then saying that the state must control the right to assemble? Is there any part of the constitution you do not believe that the state should be able to arbitrarily overrule?

        • The_Queen_of_France

          Why not just throw the offending card away just like the ugly sweater from Grandma? No need to get your knickers in a knot over it.

          • jim_m

            Chico believes he has a constitutional right to not be offended.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            We should all work consistently and assiduously to demonstrate the false nature of the progtard’s belief.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            We should all work consistently and assiduously to demonstrate the false nature of the progtard’s belief.