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VA Refuses Christmas Cards from 51 School Kids Intended for Disabled Veterans
Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2013 | Mike Shedlock

Posted on 12/27/2013 12:00:41 PM PST by Kaslin

A group of 51 school children in Texas spent the week before Christmas making Christmas cards for veterans. According to the VA, the kids made a mistake by saying "Merry Christmas".

Fox News reports VA hospital refuses to accept 'Merry Christmas' cards.

Boys and girls at Grace Academy in Prosper, Tex., spent most of last Friday making homemade Christmas cards for bedridden veterans at the VA hospital in Dallas.

Fourth-grader Gracie Brown was especially proud of her card, hoping it would “make their day because their family might live far away, and they might not have somebody to celebrate Christmas with.”

Gracie’s card read, “Merry Christmas. Thank you for your service.” It also included an American flag.

But the bedridden veterans at the VA hospital will never get to see Gracie’s card. Nor will they see the cards made by 51 other students. That’s because the Christmas cards violated VA policy.

Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute said "Targeting the benevolent work of little children for censorship is disgusting. Do the Grinches in the administration of the VA really believe our bravest warriors need protection from the heartfelt well wishes of small children saying Merry Christmas?"

The cards will not be thrown away -- they are being shipped to Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio and to a private facility for veterans in Louisiana.

Offending Cards

The VA is protecting our soldiers from receiving "offensive" such as the following.





Also consider this image fom Breitbart Veterans Affairs Bans Christmas Cards to Troops over Religious Content.



Lack of Common Sense

Banning "Merry Christmas" has nothing to do with banning school prayer. It does have everything to do with lack of common sense.

Christmas is a day. It is also a national holiday. If one wants to assign religious meaning to the day, one can. If one wants to treat it like a national holiday with no religious overtones, one can do that too.

If the VA wanted to remove cards with "clear" religious messages such as "Christ Died for You", I would not have a problem with it. But, "Merry Christmas" is a ubiquitous phrase.

Christmas is December 25, every year, like it or not. And it's a national holiday, every year, like it or not.

Banning "Merry Christmas" is absurd.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: christmas; diversity; military; va
Words fail me
1 posted on 12/27/2013 12:00:41 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Pride in the USA

ping


2 posted on 12/27/2013 12:03:08 PM PST by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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To: Kaslin

We need to press this issue this time to make sure someone is fired over this

pass this storyon until it goes viral

make sure hannity and rush and the usual vast right wing conspiracy repeat it


3 posted on 12/27/2013 12:07:10 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Kaslin

That’s what happens when you have a muslim as president....The Muzzie motto of “Kill all the Christians and Jews”....means anyway you can...physically, morally, intellectually.


4 posted on 12/27/2013 12:07:50 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Kaslin

So they celebrated “Merry ‘you know what’ *wink*” day?


5 posted on 12/27/2013 12:08:00 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Kaslin

And we still call this America, “the land of the free and the home of the brave”?


6 posted on 12/27/2013 12:08:00 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Kaslin

Next time they’ll know to write “Happy HannuRamaKwansmas”


7 posted on 12/27/2013 12:08:01 PM PST by TurboZamboni ("PEACE ON EARTH TO MEN OF GOOD WILL".)
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To: Kaslin

If they had sent gay porn cards it would have been allowed...................


8 posted on 12/27/2013 12:09:23 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Mr. K

Yeah, they won’t wish each other Merry Christmas but they’ll happily take that day off.


9 posted on 12/27/2013 12:12:38 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Red Badger

Probably


10 posted on 12/27/2013 12:14:06 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: loveliberty2

Sad isn’t it?


11 posted on 12/27/2013 12:15:31 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Is this the same VA group that banned prayers during military funerals or similar BS a few months ago?


12 posted on 12/27/2013 12:15:51 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: BradyLS

I’d like to see how they ask for that day off:
“Do we have to work on hmmmmm-mmm day?”


13 posted on 12/27/2013 12:17:09 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Kaslin

Contact Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, which oversees the VA. The clowns who run the VA ought to be dragged into a hearing room and put on the hot seat.


14 posted on 12/27/2013 12:17:16 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Kaslin

While Christmas shopping this year, I made it a point to look people in the eye and say very clearly “Merry Christmas.” I absolutely refuse to concede to the MOTUS and all the rest of his cronies.


15 posted on 12/27/2013 12:18:09 PM PST by Amigo04
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To: Kaslin

Surely the intent was at least in part to let the kids know that veterans are a bunch of haters

Did the disabled vets have a say in the decision? If not, why not? They live in a free country they fought for the free country.

Obama won’t stop until he has completely done everything he can do to destroy the military in every way possible. And when it doesn’t come from him ( Ryan) it’s probably just set up to look like it was generated by someone else, an enabler like that awful Ryan that horrible horrible baby faced liberal wife henpecked dominated awful turncoat man that horrible Paul Ryan working for this cause

Leave the vets a fn lone Leave them out ofbthis. Ugh ugh ugh


16 posted on 12/27/2013 12:19:09 PM PST by stanne
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To: Sacajaweau

“That’s what happens when you have a muslim as president....The Muzzie motto of “Kill all the Christians and Jews”....means anyway you can...physically, morally, intellectually.”

this is in no way a defense of Obama, but Christian bashing was here long before Obama. just look at the aclu and their Christian hating agenda.
the only difference I see now is that before Obama it was only Christians being bashed, now you see a little jew bashing.


17 posted on 12/27/2013 12:19:48 PM PST by willywill
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To: Kaslin

But we’re told there is no “war on Christmas”

I weep for my country.


18 posted on 12/27/2013 12:23:44 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Kaslin

This is an outrage. But will we hear from the Armed Services Committee? McCain? Powell? Petraus? Obama? FOX? Talk radio?

We’ll see.

So this is what America’s best died for?


19 posted on 12/27/2013 12:25:00 PM PST by Paulie (Buy local, bank local, exert your influence locally; the left will fold like a cheap suit.)
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To: Las Vegas Ron
What gets me is those idiots giving in because someone might be offended without any proof
20 posted on 12/27/2013 12:28:24 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: All

*MERRY CHRISTMAS, VETS!!!!!!!!!!*

(Now, come get me, Obama....)


21 posted on 12/27/2013 12:32:39 PM PST by JW1949
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To: willywill
No, the difference is that now Christian bashing is de facto government policy.
22 posted on 12/27/2013 12:35:48 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: Kaslin

Christmas is a NATIONAL HOLIDAY not only CHRISTIANITIES HOLIDAY


23 posted on 12/27/2013 12:36:45 PM PST by capt B
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To: Kaslin
Yes, it truly is sad!

Noah Webster, Address, Newburyport, July 4, 1837 (celebrating the Declaration of Independence):
"In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior...It forms a leading event in the Progress of the Gospel dispensation...

"Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth?

"That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Saviour and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets 600 years before." - Noah Webster

And, now we have come to this!!
24 posted on 12/27/2013 12:37:14 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Kaslin
"What gets me is those idiots giving in because someone might be offended without any proof"

Or some "mystery person" is supposedly "offended".

How come these people are never identified?

No not so that they could be harassed, but just so I could hear their actual reasons specifically WHY they are "offended".

Wouldn't we all benefit from such an "explanation"?

25 posted on 12/27/2013 12:39:59 PM PST by boop (Liberal religion. No rules, just right!)
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To: Kaslin

Lord help us.

What a mess.


26 posted on 12/27/2013 12:42:31 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Kaslin

You see this?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/12/27/republican-party-releases-statement-commemorating-kwanzaa-reminds-us-of-the-great-diversity-in-america/

SMH....


27 posted on 12/27/2013 12:46:02 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Kaslin

I want an answer from Ted Cruz and John Cronyn. This is a Texas facility. This is spiteful and hurtful. There is no excuse and no explanation for this act of total pettiness. The VA must be as rogue as the IRS.


28 posted on 12/27/2013 12:48:02 PM PST by LeonardFMason (LanceyHoward would AGREE)
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To: Paulie
First of all General David Petraeus is retired and has nothing to do with the military anymore

You expect to hear something from that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave? Don't you know he despises our veterans? You ask about FOX News. You must have missed this article in the link by Todd Starnes

VA hospital refuses to accept 'Merry Christmas' cards

29 posted on 12/27/2013 12:51:31 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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Shit like this almost makes me want to go all John Effing Kerry and hurl my (meager) medals, ribbons, bars, and EGAs over the bleedin’ White House fence......


30 posted on 12/27/2013 1:04:45 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: Sacajaweau
Barry scolded Al Quaeda for mounting a Christmas Jihad. He insisted they refer to it as a Holiday Jihad.
31 posted on 12/27/2013 1:05:38 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Las Vegas Ron
"Michelle and I extend our best wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season

"(Thursday) marks the beginning of the week-long celebration of African American culture through family activities and community festivities that bring attention to Kwanzaa's seven principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith."

Michelle & Barry

32 posted on 12/27/2013 1:17:30 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Kaslin

At SOME point maybe the rest of America will wake up to the danger Islam presents to USA, Christians and Jews. Before Obama , nobody on our public payroll would have dared deny American soldiers their Christmas cards from little children. (Who the hell do they think they are anyway ? What mail of Yours will they block You from receiving? You can bet they won’t block any Mohammed birthday cards or , alas , bills. Just anything g Christian. Jewish or even remotely patriotic. ). Three more years. Pray for America.


33 posted on 12/27/2013 1:26:51 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: Fiji Hill
The clowns who run the VA ought to be dragged into a hearing room and put on the hot seat.

More like dragged into an alley and horsewhipped.

34 posted on 12/27/2013 2:19:38 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: Kaslin
The VA has been inundated with high number of affirmative action employees that voted for Obama. Christ is not part of Obamas’ or the progressives’ agenda.
35 posted on 12/27/2013 2:34:26 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Kaslin
The VA officials are trying to desensitize themselves by making children sad on Christmas so that it will make it easier for them when they load up the boxcars.
36 posted on 12/27/2013 2:52:28 PM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: Kaslin

As a wise old Sergeant said “There are no Atheists in a foxhole”
My 24 yr military career was the result of bad timing- I joined when a sexual revolution was happening and I left when the Army decided to have another.


37 posted on 12/27/2013 3:19:04 PM PST by managusta (The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.)
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To: Kaslin

Dumb kids should have written ‘Happy Id al Fitr’.

Then the cards would have received expedited treatment.


38 posted on 12/27/2013 3:38:38 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: clintonh8r
*No, the difference is that now Christian bashing is de facto government policy. *

It's the only way that Government Supremacists can pretend that Government is the highest authority. Then they can merrily kill all the Christians and Jews without thinking too much about it.

“I was just following orders”

“One death is a tragedy, one million is a statistic”

“We must not have prayer in our public schools”

Same demon acting as puppeteer to different Leftists.

39 posted on 12/27/2013 3:40:05 PM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: Kaslin

but according to Jon Steward, the war on Christmas has been fabricated by Fox.


40 posted on 12/27/2013 4:11:32 PM PST by esoxmagnum (Turtles don't win fights, they just turtle up. Victory belongs to the aggressor, not the turtle.)
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To: Kaslin

You know what? This is a F*** *** moment. This is the moment where we find the actual people who physically denied the cards, and — using social media — make sure NO ONE EVER DOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS AGAIN. Expose them. Publicize them. Let the WHOLE WORLD see who these people are. Shun them in every venue. Make their world change.


41 posted on 12/27/2013 4:15:12 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Kaslin

Please identify the VA hospital in question. I intend to be the thorn in the side here.


42 posted on 12/27/2013 4:18:52 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Kaslin

“Words fail me”

They don’t fail me, but I’m keeping them to myself to avoid being banned.


43 posted on 12/27/2013 4:45:16 PM PST by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: Lazamataz
Dallas VA Medical Center
4500 S. Lancaster Rd.
Dallas, TX 75216
Phone: 800-849-3597 Or 214-742-8387
Fax: 214-857-1171
http://www2.va.gov/DIRECTORY/guide/facility.asp?id=35

I think I found the problem on their web site: "VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) is a progressive health care provider in the heart of Texas." :-)

44 posted on 12/27/2013 4:54:20 PM PST by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: Gil4

Sounds like they are Oppressive


45 posted on 12/27/2013 4:57:26 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Kaslin

Petraeus, Powell, et. al., may be retired, but they should have even more sympathy for the sufferings of our servicepeople (who, btw, may well have served under their command at some point). And where is their outrage, as they know first hand the personal sacrifices our boys make for our country - they are disabled for cryin’ out loud. These high-ranking officers are without excuse.

The FOX article is good, but what I’m driving at is really pounding the drum on air, prime time, day after day, so everyone KNOWS what just happened and the implications. FOX always says they’re the most watched news outfit, and Rush has the golden eib mike. A lot of people could be reached that way.


46 posted on 12/27/2013 7:24:49 PM PST by Paulie (Buy local, bank local, exert your influence locally; the left will fold like a cheap suit.)
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To: Kaslin

Why would it “make sense” to the author to ban overtly religious messages? The government isn’t writing the messages, private citizens are.

So the government is essentially censoring the private message of citizens to the troops that defend us.


47 posted on 12/28/2013 8:53:12 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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