Wednesday, December 25

VA hospital won't allow donated Christmas cards to be given to vets if they say "Christmas"

Merry Christmas to all. 

It's sad that wishing someone a Merry Christmas has become controversial or unacceptable to some government agencies, but such is life today.

Oh, did you think I was exaggerating?  Consider this story:  Fourth-graders at a private school in Dallas made Christmas cards to give to hospitalized veterans at the Dallas VA hospital.

When the teacher called the hospital to make final arrangements, the government employees told her "That's great. The only thing is, we can't accept anything that says ‘Merry Christmas' or ‘God bless you' or any scriptural references, because of all the red tape.'"

Lest you think this isn't really the policy but just a nutty decision by a bad apple, the employee quoted the written VA policy on this subject:
In order to be respectful of our veterans' religious beliefs, all donated holiday cards are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team of staff led by chaplaincy services and determined if they are appropriate (non-religious) to freely distribute to patients.
Donated cards.  Planned to be given to veterans who want to receive one.  No compulsion.  And yet as a nation we have now come to the point where this isn't allowed if the cards have any reference to God or Christ or Christmas.

Some reporter should ask King Barack if he agrees with this policy, and if not, if he'd be willing to issue an executive order changing it.  Of course that won't happen, because the king's wishes must be honored by all loyal subjects.

In any case, Merry Christmas to all veterans everywhere--especially those in VA hospitals who are zealously protected from such wishes by government bureaucrats.

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