Protesters converged on the Houston National Cemetery, the nation’s second largest cemetery for Veterans, to object to the cemetery director’s restriction of religious expression. Arleen Ocasio has banned the words “God” and “Jesus Christ” from burial ceremonies, removed the Bible and the cross from the chapel, shut down the chapel and turned it into a ‘meeting facility.’ These actions have ignited fireworks of a different nature, not only in the Greater Houston area, but throughout the country. Congressman Ted Poe of the 2nd District of Texas, has championed the cause and is asking that the funeral director be terminated. What's particularly disturbing is that the heroes buried in our national cemeteries died to protect our freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
Especially poignant…one veteran in the crowd who found it difficult to be there, but essential. He had just buried his wife at this cemetery less than a month ago, and was unable to have a chapel service because he was told it was ‘undergoing restoration.’
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