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Hospital Bans Christmas Carolers From Singing Religious Songs
Atlanta CBS ^ | 26 Dec 2013

Posted on 12/26/2013 6:43:59 AM PST by mandaladon

AUGUSTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – An Augusta hospital has adopted a new policy banning Christmas carolers from singing religious songs in public patient areas. The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center announced the new policy Monday according to the Athens-Banner Herald. “Military service veterans, male and female, represent people of all faiths,” hospital spokesman Brian Rothwell said in a statement according to Athens-Banner Herald. “It is out of respect for every faith that The Veterans Administration gives clear guidance on what ‘spiritual care’ is to be given and who is to give it.”

A group of high school students from Augusta’s Alleluia Community School were prevented from singing traditional holiday songs that honor and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ to veterans by the medical center last week. The school principal, Dan Funsch, told the newspaper that he was disappointed that the Veterans Affairs hospital’s “spiritual care” grants holiday exemption only to secular characters that make up the 12 Days of Christmas. “This is not a religious proselytizing, evangelistic issue,” Funsch explained, arguing that Christmas songs are broadcast during the holidays on area radio stations and in local retail outlets. “The song Joy to the World is as much a part of the holiday spirit as the Christmas tree.” The principal noted that the peculiar part of the policy is its recent enforcement.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: georgia; va
Another VA hospital run by communists.
1 posted on 12/26/2013 6:43:59 AM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

CHRISTmas is a RELIGIOUS holiday.


2 posted on 12/26/2013 6:45:58 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: mandaladon

Isn’t that town next to Jimmy Carter’s hometown of Plains?


3 posted on 12/26/2013 6:46:56 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: mandaladon
so out of curiosity, exactly what “spiritual care” is provided by the VA to Christian patients?
4 posted on 12/26/2013 6:51:03 AM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Augusta is more in the northeastern part of the state while Plains is in the southwestern part of the state.

Maps are wonderful things.


5 posted on 12/26/2013 6:51:41 AM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: mandaladon

Wasn’t it also the VA that banned prayers at the funerals of Vets?


6 posted on 12/26/2013 6:53:15 AM PST by kevslisababy
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To: mandaladon
Do these fools actually think that they can take God out of everything..sorry COMMIES God is all around and he will always be here..you see he made this world and everything in it and you are just using the things he made..When he gets enough of your sorry selves you all will be jumping flames in hell..We Christians love our praise songs to God and will continue listening to them...and you can't do a darn thing about it..All of you are just making asses out of your selves so get a life and stay out of ours.
7 posted on 12/26/2013 6:54:38 AM PST by PLD
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To: mandaladon

Satan lurks everywhere and takes over the minds and souls of those receptive.


8 posted on 12/26/2013 6:57:50 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: mandaladon

“Military service veterans, male and female, represent people of all faiths,”

This is code for “to hell with you Christians, the atheists and jihadis are more important than you.


9 posted on 12/26/2013 7:00:55 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: mandaladon

What are they afraid of? What is it in the uplifiting and joyous display of Christmas spirt makes them uncomfortable and fearful? I submit its far more than just “offending” other people’s beliefs.


10 posted on 12/26/2013 7:02:53 AM PST by Starboard
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To: mandaladon

People away from their families and churches at Christmas YEARN to hear and sing real Christmas carols!!!! Winter, “holiday”, and GiftMas (i.e. Santa Claus) songs just don’t fill the gap!!!!

Liberals and commies are cruel, aren’t they?


11 posted on 12/26/2013 7:05:38 AM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: mandaladon
Why would the message the angels sang at the birth of that One Holy Scripture calls "the Prince of Peace" be offensive to those in charge of a VA Hospital?

John 14:27 - New International Version (NIV)

" Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

12 posted on 12/26/2013 7:06:37 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: PLD

All of you are just making asses out of your selves so get a life and stay out of ours.

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They will never be content to allow you live your life. Liberals want dependence and control over you whereas conservatives want personal self-reliance and individual freedom. This will never change which is why the differences between liberals and conservatives are fundamentally irreconcilable. At some point there will have to be a parting of the ways.


13 posted on 12/26/2013 7:08:09 AM PST by Starboard
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To: mandaladon

‘Out of respect for all faiths’——except christians.
Eff em-—do it anyway. Let them start arresting folks for singing carols.


14 posted on 12/26/2013 7:09:34 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: mandaladon

Paint red pitch forks on the outside of any institution that shuns GOD as these demonic worshipers of satan have done here.


15 posted on 12/26/2013 7:09:43 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: mandaladon; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; shove_it; TrueKnightGalahad; Cincinatus' Wife; ...

16 posted on 12/26/2013 7:10:17 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: mandaladon
It is out of respect for every faith that The Veterans Administration

It is out of DISrespect for every faith Christianity that The Veterans Administration blah, blah, blah

Who would have ever thought that our military would so blatently disrespect the Christ Child and all their Christian patients.

I know that we have a muslim, anti-Christian, anti-Semite living in our White House, but this is just awful.

17 posted on 12/26/2013 7:10:23 AM PST by laweeks
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To: IbJensen

TRUTH TO THE TENTH POWER!


18 posted on 12/26/2013 7:10:32 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Starboard

“Liberals want dependence and control over you whereas conservatives want personal self-reliance and individual freedom”

The Jezebel/Elijah dialectic... the sensual vs the spiritual....the quest for the eternal Utopia vs the internally realized Liberty the Spirit of the Lord gives....Babylon, the mother of Harlots vs “the spotless Bride of the Lamb”!


19 posted on 12/26/2013 7:15:56 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Secret Societies are like Sasquatch, you never catch one but they do leave footprints!)
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To: laweeks

I would support a mass mutiny of religious military over this issue alone...these military can call it a “mass UNION action”...(liberals love unions...could they cope with a military that decides it will act as a union?)


20 posted on 12/26/2013 7:20:18 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Secret Societies are like Sasquatch, you never catch one but they do leave footprints!)
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To: ETL

If a group came with Kawanza Carols...would they be allowed to sing?


21 posted on 12/26/2013 7:29:34 AM PST by rovenstinez
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To: mandaladon

Here’s what he really said.”It’s out of respect for all religions” EXCEPT CHRISTIANITY. All those other religious holidays that fall this time of year are irrelevant or bogus. No big deal was made out Hanuka until the 196o’s and Ramadan is a recently (45 yrs) made up Phony “religion”


22 posted on 12/26/2013 7:30:08 AM PST by capt B
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To: mdmathis6
I would support a mass mutiny of religious military over this issue alone

The only military people allowed to openly display discontent are the homosexuals. Remember when they flaunted their homosexuality while in uniform, in FRONT OF THE PENTAGON and were not disciplined at all.

Nope, Obambi's military can praise allah, homosexuals, and other depravity, but they'd never be able to show Christian mutiny or unity.

23 posted on 12/26/2013 7:31:36 AM PST by laweeks
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To: Starboard

“At some point there will have to be a parting of the ways.”

.....And it is coming down the road.


24 posted on 12/26/2013 7:57:11 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Honorary Serb

I noticed how they have removed our carols from the public square in addition to replacing the word “Christmas” with their generic “holiday” references over the past eight or nine years. We played the whole lot of them the last couple of days. Was wonderful to hear Bing crooning “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”


25 posted on 12/26/2013 8:00:52 AM PST by Luke21
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To: mandaladon

“Diversity and multiculturalism” in America. Americans and Christians NOT WELCOME!


26 posted on 12/26/2013 8:17:33 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (The Truth Is Out There. Just don't let anyone know that you're looking for it.)
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To: PLD
Do these fools actually think that they can take God out of everything

Yes, they do, and, they can. For awhile.

Gen 6:5-7: And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

As time goes on, Truth becomes a disposable commodity to countries that God has blessed the most. Only He knows when, but He'll not tolerate it indefinitely. He's already warned us. But the warnings are about as effective, it seems, as Noah trying to warn his contemporaries.

27 posted on 12/26/2013 8:26:28 AM PST by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
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To: Luke21

I am all for Christians taking back Christmas celebrations behinds our own doors

Let the public rot their ears with Frosty the Snowman and Paul McCartney’s mawkish elevator music. Parents, why bother attending or sending your kids to participate in school concerts and public celebrations of a holiday-that-must-not be-named.

Just say no thanks, tell the schools the kids are opting out of the “winter concerts” this year because Christians find censorship of our religion to be disrespectful and intolerant and confusing to our children, as if our religion was “offensive”.

We are celebrating Christmas at home or at church this year. But the church doors are open, and all are welcome to come share Christmas music


28 posted on 12/26/2013 8:50:41 AM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: rovenstinez

there are no Kwanzaa carols... Tanzanians engaging in the communal harvest don’t sing Swahili carols as they root up tubers with sticks


29 posted on 12/26/2013 8:52:32 AM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: mandaladon

DoD’s new policy is radical secularism. Are we surprised that VA trails along?


30 posted on 12/26/2013 9:06:15 AM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: silverleaf

Unfortunately there are. The last straw that made us quit going to our Community Chorus Christmas was the year they had this big, old white dude on stage singing “I’m a Child of Kwanzaa”. Not called for and more than a little creepy.


31 posted on 12/26/2013 9:07:07 AM PST by AZHSer
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To: mandaladon
The whole pattern is that at the top levels the government will relent to popular pressure. (The usual excuse is "I wasn't informed until I heard it in the news")

The real problem we are facing is that we have so many self-important petty tyrants in the middle levels of the government bureaucracy. We have a true soviet system in operation.

32 posted on 12/26/2013 9:59:22 AM PST by pfflier
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To: mandaladon

Jesus is coming back (soon IMHO), and I suspect He’s gonna be cranky with these twits.


33 posted on 12/26/2013 12:29:10 PM PST by Wicket (1 Peter 3:15 , Romans 5:5-8)
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To: mandaladon

Every Christian should withdraw donations and volunteer service from any VA facility with this stupid policy. Let the government arrange for State sanctioned mantras praising the godless state. Any Christian hospital volunteer should walk.


34 posted on 12/26/2013 1:55:25 PM PST by LeonardFMason (LanceyHoward would AGREE)
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To: LeonardFMason

I recommend the opposite of what you’re suggesting.


35 posted on 12/26/2013 2:00:32 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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