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  • The following comes to us from The Daily News, May 30, 2014 and pertains to some things taking place today in our VA Chapels.
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  • The following comes to us from The Daily News, May 30, 2014 and pertains to some things taking place today in our VA Chapels.
    The editor says “I went to the VA Hospital in Iron Mountain today on business. While there I stopped at the Chapel and found pinky-purple curtains with mesh at the top, covering the altar. I stopped in my tracks, shocked at what I saw. I peeked behind the curtain, and found what used to be the welcoming part of the chapel, the Cross, a picture of Jesus, and other Christian icons familiar to the majority of Americans. He found Chaplain Bob Mueller to ask what the meaning was of the change.”
    He said that a couple of months ago, an order had come down from Washington DC to cover all things associated with Christianity in the VA. This was to take place in all the chapels across the county.
    The Chaplain said that a few weeks ago an official from the Madison, Wisc. VA had come down to tell him to stop talking about Jesus, and to stop reading Scripture out loud. Furthermore they were informed that the rest of the Obama plan was to send more curtains to cover the rest of the stained glass windows.
    The Truth, according to the website for the Oscar G. Johnson Medical Center Veterans Affairs hospital in Iron Mountain, Mich., the chapel was described as “non-denominational and nonsectarian, although weekly Protestant services are still scheduled for every Sunday.
    The article said that the chapel was found in non-compliance with a 2008 federal regulation that mandates that the “house of worship be nonsectarian.” That meant that in order to comply, crucifix and an altar “were encircled with a curtain at the Iron Mountain chapel after an inspection by the National Chaplain Center discovered the unauthorized items.”
    As Department Chaplain, I called the Chaplain at our VA Hospital in Columbia to find our if this were true of them. Allen said that when there were other “religious groups” coming in to use the chapel they were informed that the icons on the communion table would have to be moved.
    I don’t know about you, but as for me, I think it is time to get in touch with those who are supposed to represent each one of us and put an end to this kind of nonsense.

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