Judge blocks Veteran Affairs from barring 'Jesus Christ' prayer
More than 6,000 people are expected to attend a Memorial Day ceremony at Houston National Cemetery.
May 27th, 2011
01:47 PM ET

Judge blocks Veteran Affairs from barring 'Jesus Christ' prayer

A federal judge in Texas has told the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs that it cannot censor a pastor's invocation at a Memorial Day ceremony.

The VA had ordered the Rev. Scott Rainey to remove a phrase using Jesus Christ from the prayer, arguing the line excluded other beliefs held by veterans, KHOU-TV in Houston reported.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes disagreed, writing the government cannot "gag citizens when it says it is in the interest of national security, and it cannot do it in some bureaucrat's notion of cultural homogeneity," according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.

Read the full story about the judge's prayer ruling on CNN's This Just In blog.
- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Church and state • Prayer • Texas

soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Marie Kidman


    June 23, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • Ranzabar

      Are related to Nicole Kidman?, 'cause that would be, like, awesome!

      July 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • ....

      TROLL ALERT – this is garbage don't bother viewing, click the report abuse link to get rid of this TROLL

      December 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  2. David

    Christians started the civil rights movement

    They started the slavery movement, too. The sanction of slavery in the Bible was the foundation of the last 500 years of misery for African Americans. So I guess Christianity was just cleaning up a mess of its own making.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Ranzabar

      Hey, the Bible advocates selling your daughter into slavery.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  3. tensai13

    Oh goody. Can we have an invocation by a minister of the Order of Nine Angels so as to be fair to everyone and by the way make sure the Imam, the Rabbi, and any other deluded wack job gets their opportunity too, otherwise lawsuits will be pending.

    June 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • kateslate

      Oh, and the Wiccans! Let us not forget the Wiccans. They should have been a part of the prayer, too. I don't mind if they mention Jesus, as long as they mention all the others in the same message.

      December 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  4. Ali

    I wonder if this would apply to Anwar al-Alwlaki, and American born citizen. Obama wants to kill him just for speaking...I guess only Christians can speak their mind and say their prayers without being killed.

    June 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  5. Glenda

    I am glad that the censor was lifted. Everyone is trying to wipe Jesus Christ off. Other religions can pray, march, protest and preach when they don't believe in God or Jesus, but the ones that do believe can't.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • kateslate

      Nobody is trying to "wipe Jesus off." We are just trying to get Christians to accept that not everybody believes as you believe. A little respect, ya' know?

      December 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  6. James

    hALLELUYAH–Yahusha lives!

    June 1, 2011 at 4:15 am |
    • Ranzabar


      July 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  7. Adelina

    May the name of Jesus Christ lifted up in America, for He is the Lord of everyone including the Jews.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:04 am |
    • gozer

      and he wants to torture you forever if you have so much as a whiff of doubt about his existence or do any minor finite transgression. what an azzhole.

      June 23, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • Ranzabar

      He's a HELLAVA guy!

      July 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  8. Bucky Ball

    That should have been : @Forham Jock. 😳

    May 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
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