Christian Post — The Veterans Administration in recent months has tried to prohibit Bibles at its military hospitals and ban the use of the word “God” at military funerals, and now there are members in Congress who say enough is enough.
So HR 2720 has been introduced, stating emphatically that “no official of the federal government, including the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, may interfere with the content and creed of the funeral, memorial service, or ceremony of a deceased individual, as expressed by the last will and testament of the individual or as determined by the family or agent of the individual, as provided under state law.:
The resolution also requires federal officials to provide access to health care facilities, cemeteries and other facilities if access is requested by either veterans or their families.
The proposal came about because of a series of events that took place last year where veterans and their families were prohibited from exercising their First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
It was then that officials at Walter Reed Medical Center issued a regulation telling families they would not be permitted to bring in Bibles to read to their loved ones. The memo stated that “no religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.”
When news of the ban was made public, the hospital quickly backpedaled and rescinded the policy.Continue Reading on www.wnd.com