"A federal judge slapped down the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday, saying it can't stop a pastor from using the words "Jesus Christ" in his Memorial Day invocation at Houston National Cemetery.How sad this nation has descended so far that a Christian pastor cannot deliver a Christian prayer invoking the name of Jesus Christ on public land at memorial service without a court order.
"The government cannot gag citizens when it says it is in the interest of national security, and it cannot do it in some bureaucrat's notion of cultural homogeneity," U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes wrote in his order, granting the Rev. Scott Rainey's motion for the court to intercede. "The right to free expression ranges from the dignity of Abraham Lincoln's speeches to Charlie Sheen's rants."
"It's private speech that happens to be on public land," said Hiram Sasser, Rainey's attorney. "The Supreme Court has said on five occasions that the government has no business censoring religious private speech on public land or in a public venue."But, apparently, these hide bound bureaucrats are not listening.