Bill protects Constitutional Right to Freedom of Religion for Veterans

Washington, Sep 8 -

WASHINGTON, DCó This week Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced the Veteransí Religious Freedom Act in response to the alleged religious censorship taking place at the Houston National Cemetery. This legislation will prohibit the Veterans Administration from limiting the free speech of any member of a veteran service organization or any person who else who has been invited to speak at a funeral service of a veteran. It will also require that within 90 days of the passage of the bill, all VA cemetery directors must be veterans. Finally, it will mandate that the VA inform families of veterans all options available to loved ones when they are planning funeral services.

ìIt is the constitutional duty of the federal government to protect speech and religion, not prohibit it. Government censorship of funeral services for our veterans is unacceptable, unconstitutional and un-American. The policy of the director of the Houston VA Cemetery is anti-Christian, anti-religion and anti-veteran. What has reportedly taken place at the Houston VA Cemetery is inexcusable, and Congress must take immediate action to protect the rights of those who have fought and died for our country.î

Congressman Poe represents the Second District of Texas. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee. For more information on Congressman Poe, please visit his website:  http://poe.house.gov/.

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