Its Christmas and yet I feel no joy that the season and the day regularly brings in lieu of the attacks we are seeing today. But, my concerns and feelings of the Christmas season pale in comparison to the concern I have over the direction of this Country reflected in yesterday’s Christmas Eve news story. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is refusing to allow school children to give Christmas cards to veterans due to the card’s saying “Merry Christmas” or “God Bless You”. This sickens me and should disgust those who are truly Americans, not to say military families. As I myself am the grandson of two veterans who both frequented the VA and are not alive today to see this despicable act of censoring our children from saying thanks to our wounded military, I’m outraged.
The outrage is mutual as the Liberty Institute writes in a letter on Christmas eve to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and the Director of North Texas VA, Jeffery Milligan, demanding they stop this unlawful discrimination immediately. The Institute explains in a letter that, “Susan Chapman a teacher at Grace Academy of North Texas and wife of a military veteran has retained Liberty Institute” for help. According to Mrs. Chapman, “for the 2013 Christmas season, she and her students created Christmas cards to give to bedridden veterans at the Dallas VA Medicals Center, in which most if not all of the cards included the phrase “Merry Christmas”.
Then, on December 23rd, when the kids and Mrs. Chapman brought the cards to the VA, “the Medical Center refused to accept the cards for they contained the phrase, “Merry Christmas”, and “God Bless You”. A spokesman for the Department stated, “under official policy of the Department, such cards are subjected to a government sanctioned censorship process”. Even though the messages on the cards clearly are the private speech of Mrs. Chapman and her students, it must be censored.
By refusing to accept the cards offered by Mrs. Chapman and her students the Department and Medical Center committed unlawful viewpoint discrimination in violation of the 1st Amendment. Likewise, the holiday card policies of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Medical Center constitute unlawful religious viewpoint discrimination in violation of the 1st Amendment.
You can read the entire letter by clicking Here.
Im left to question the outrageous actions on behalf of the VA to censor such things. Is this what we have become America? Is this what my Grandfathers and so many millions of other military men and women fought and gave their lives for? So that people such as Mrs. Chapman and her students could not write a letter informing those bed ridden Veterans they are not forgotten this Christmas?
Our veterans have given the ultimate the sacrifice and we have given them policies restricting ordinary Americans from saying “God Bless You” and “Merry Christmas”. Do these policies now hold precedent over the basic fundamental principles these brave men and women fought and died to defend? What does something like this tell our children when all they want to do is help?
To answer all of these questions sometimes require’s looking at our children and how their innocence to the world can summarize best how truly insane our countries policies have become. As fourth-grader Gracie Brown put it,“I’d like them to know they’ve not been forgotten and somebody wanted to say thank you”. Included in her card was an American flag with one simple phrase that concludes what America has become by the VA censoring this type of speech from a 4th grader to a veteran. That last phrase that no bedridden veteran will be able to see is,”Thank you for your service and Merry Christmas”.
- EXCLUSIVE–Liberty Institute: Veterans Affairs Bans Christmas Cards to Troops over Religious Content (breitbart.com)
- War on Christmas: VA refuses to allow kids to send vets Merry Christmas cards… (bluegrasspundit.com)
- Holiday Greetings From Classic Christmas Flicks (shutterstock.com)
- Liberty Institute Sends Demand Letter To U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs And Dallas VA Hospital For Censoring Religious Messages On School Children’s Christmas Cards (prnewswire.com)
- Obama Dept. of Veterans Affairs Bans Religious Christmas Cards to Troops (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Something’s Got To Give – Federal Bureaucracy Leads Texas VA To Reject Donors’ ‘Christmas’ Cards (personalliberty.com)
- Veterans Affairs Bans Christmas Cards to Troops over Religious Content (conservativebyte.com)