A congressional investigation of the Houston National Cemetery is under way by a Texas Lawmaker, who has went undercover to determine if the cemetery officials are still preventing Christian prayers at the funerals of military Veterans.
Rep John Culberson said, “The Obama administration continues to try to prevent the word ‘God’ from being used at the funerals of our heroes,”
He went on to say it is unacceptable and that he was going to put a stop to it as fast as humanly possible…
Culberson attended a funeral at the cemetery under cover on July 8, when he witnessed volunteer members of the honor guard from the Veterans Wars being prohibited from using any references to God.
Rep Culberson said:
“The Obama administration had told the nation and me they were not interfering with the prayer said over the graves of veterans,” he said. “And I went undercover to personally verify that claim.”
VA press secretary Josh Taylor said:
“The truth is, VA’s policy protects veterans’ families’ rights to pray however they choose at our national cemeteries.”
Taylor declined to comment on the pending lawsuit or other ongoing legal proceedings, but did say, “No one should make judgments before all the facts are known.”
Culberson said the commander of the honor guard was told by cemetery officials to approach a grieving widow to reconfirm that she wanted the word God mentioned at her husband’s graveside service.
“He quite correctly said as a Texan and a man of honor and integrity, ‘I’m not bothering that poor woman at this most terrible time of her life. We’re going to do the ritual,’” Culberson said. “Right in front of me, the VA directly and deliberately attempted to prevent the VFW from doing their magnificent, spiritual ritual over the grave of this fallen hero.”
The cemetery is already the focus of a lawsuit filed on behalf of the VFW, an American Legion post and Houston’s National Memorial Ladies. They claim the VA banned members of the organizations from using the words “God” or “Jesus” at burial services.
They also allege they were banned from reciting prayers or using religious language during services unless families approved the text in advance. Culberson, who oversees the sub-committee responsible for funding the cemetery, said that he wants the cemetery director fired – and he’s willing to do whatever possible to make sure that happens.
“It makes my skin crawl that liberals are attempting to drive prayer out of a funeral ceremony for our heroes,”. “We’re going to fix this so that no Obama liberal bureaucrat will interfere with the funeral of a hero.”
Mr Culberson the America people who love this Nation and respect our Military to the highest, stand with you on your quest to keep God and Jesus along with prayer alive and well in America every where…
According to Culberson They will bury 10 to 20 American heroes today and the Obama administration is preventing prayers from being said over their grave-sites – today, ”
May God have mercy on their souls!