Houston National Cemetary Director Arleen Ocasio Tries to Ban God from Funerals

The director of the Houston National Cemetery, Arleen Ocasio, allegedly has engaged in aggressive hostile censorship of religion at the second largest cemetery for veterans in the United States.

Thank God for Texas Congressman Ted Poe,  who has recently called for her resignation in a heartfelt letter sent June 29th to the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C.

“I am deeply troubled by the allegations that were brought to my attention when I met with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Houston,” said Poe. “The First Amendment is a sacred right of all Americans, especially those who have honorably served — and given their lives — in the name of protecting the United States. Denying their families their constitutional right to the free exercise of religious freedom is disgraceful and shows blatant disrespect for America’s veterans. If these allegations are true, I formally call for the termination of Arleen Ocasio as the director the Houston National Cemetery. This display of authoritarian behavior and religious discrimination should not be tolerated.”

LIST OF ACCUSATIONS

1) Director Ocasio and other Cemetery Officials instructed Veterans of Foreign Wars District 4 to remove prayers from its burial rituals and to no longer utter remarks when handling the discharged shell cases from the rifle salute to the family of deceased veterans.

2) Cemetery Officials instructed American Legion Post 586 to remove prayers from its burial rituals.

3) Director Ocasio told the National Memorial Ladies that it could no longer include “God Bless” in its condolence cards or speak a religious message to veterans’ families.

4) Director Ocascio shut down the Cemetery chapel; it is now a “meeting facility.”

All I have to say is, “Thanks, Ted..America owes you one!” read related story>>

Read about the lawsuit filed against the VA and Arleen Ocasio

Director Ocasio has already been successfully sued this year for religious discrimination. Obviously, she is not qualified to be the director of a National Cemetery and should step down.

Read UPDATED STORYOctober 27, 2011:

Federal District Judge Lifts Ban on Prayer and Welcomes God Back to National Cemeteries


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17 responses to “Houston National Cemetary Director Arleen Ocasio Tries to Ban God from Funerals

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  2. I guess my big question is “Where is all this hate for Christianity coming from”? She didn’t do this on her own. We see it in the schools, government and public. There is a growing hatred for God, religion and the things we hold dear to our heart. We as a nation are accepting of others beliefs as long as they do not try to squelch ours.

    I wish someone would find out who told her to do this. This was a BIG thing to do on her part and I believe someone above her had to have told her to do this. The person advising her to do this, and all others, need to be fired.

    If this had been allowed, and I had a relative in that cemetery, I would have had the body exhumed and placed in a cemetery that didn’t have such beliefs

    I do not live in Texas, but Rep Poe needs to be thanked for the great service. Who knows what other states this would drift to.

  3. As a veteran I am stunned that this is going on. As an American citizen and a Patriot I join with others in demanding this woman be terminated and not transferred to another cushy job.

    • I posted a link today that may help many of you wishing to express your feelings: TAKE ACTION

      Director Ocasio has already been successfully sued this year for religious discrimination. Obviously, she is not qualified to be the director of a National Cemetery and should step down.

      Send an email to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki. Ask him to 1) stop his department’s religious discrimination and 2) relieve Director Ocasio of her duties.
      http://secure.afa.net/afa/activism/TakeAction.asp?id=399 Send an email to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki now!

  4. I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN MAN , ME AND GOD AINT REAL CLOSE ! BUT I DIDNT SPEND EIGHT LONNNNNNNNNG YEARS IN THE MILITARY , FOR ANYONE , AND I MEAN ANYONE TO BE TAKING AWAY ANY OF THE FREEDOMS THAT WERE GRANTED ME WHEN I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE BORN IN THIS COUNTRY ! ! ! I AM WORKING HARD TO WATCH MY LANGUAGE ! BUT IF SHE DOESNT BELIEVE IN GOD ? SHE CAN GO TO HELL !

  5. I’ll tell Sandy where some of the Christian hate is coming from, CHICAGO, IL. She’s another Obama thug, send her back without a job to Chicago,IL where she came from.

  6. SHE IS A DISGUSTING, STUPID PIG!!! MY MAN WAS A GOD-LOVING, GOD-FEARING VIETNAM VETERAN WHO LOVED GOD EVEN AFTER ALL HE HAD BEEN THROUGH. SHE IS A TYPICAL FEMINAZI PIG WHO WILL PUKE SHIT AND BLOOD ON JUDGEMENT DAY FOR BLASPHEMING MY PRECIOUS GOD!!! EVERYONE BLAMES MEN FOR EVERYTHING AND THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW IGNORANT AND EVIL WOMEN ARE!!!

  7. I am an atheist and think what this woman is doing is despicable. The men and women that died for our country deserve to be honored with whatever service brings their loved ones the most comfort! Shame on her! She’s abusing her office and pushing her own agenda. These funerals are not about politics. They are about families, many of whom are devout in their various religions. She needs to be terminated from office.

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  10. No particular service should be the default religious service.
    The first preference should be given to the deceased stated religion.
    If the dead have expressed a non-belief in a deity then no mention of
    any God should be permitted at the service. Having given his life for America,
    proves that he is worthy of respect and his last wishes should be granted
    regardless of what the Judeo Christian community thinks.
    Don’t forget, before a person is sworn in for military service, they must declare
    under oath what their religious affiliation is and should be interred accordingly,
    even for an atheist.
    God should be out, unless invited in first by the deceased, and secondly by family.

  11. From what I read on other sites, God was never banned. The only requirement is that National Cemetery obey the wishes of the deceased’s family. If the deceased happens to be atheist, then cemetery personnel should not insert religion into the service.

    The family of Christian deceased can mention God as much as they wish.

    What matters most is the beliefs of the deceased veteran. Everyone else should keep their beliefs to themselves.

    I’m an atheist veteran. I don’t want cemetery personnel making God talk at my funeral.

    • Chuck, make sure your family is aware of your religious preference so that no religious service is performed at your funeral.

  12. If one is an atheist, then any mention of religious ideation should be expressly denied. If one has had lifelong superstitions (religious beliefs) then mentions of the absurd should and must be permitted. The Constitution upholds everyone’s right to have expressed whatever beliefs he or she (the deceased) has held throughout their lives.

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