Family Research Council

At VAs, Christmas is a Christ-Mess


By Tony Perkins
January 14, 2014

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Christmas may be over -- but the controversy isn't! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. If someone asked you to name the biggest threat to our soldiers, who would say Christmas? Apparently, the U.S. Veterans Affairs Administration. At VA hospitals across the country, vets enlisted in a new battle -- against religious intolerance. In Georgia, students who came to carol to injured veterans were told they'd have to sing from a list of 12 secular songs -- or not at all. Things got even more out of hand in Iowa, where American Legion volunteers were told they couldn't hand out presents if they were wrapped in "Merry Christmas" paper. It was political correctness run amok in Dallas after a VA hospital turned away kids' holiday cards for wounded vets. Why? Because they said things like "God bless you." And here's the irony. The hospitals said they were censoring Christmas to "protect" their patients. But in the end, all the intolerance did was leave veterans out in the cold.

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