Chaplain Ordered to Cover Christian Symbols In VA Chapel

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According to the website for the Oscar G Johnson Medical Center Veterans Administration hospital in Iron Mountain, Michigan, the chapel is described as “non-denominational,” although weekly Protestant and Catholic services are scheduled there “on a regular basis.” The hospital was told that Christian symbols, statues and religious items inside the chapel were no longer permitted. This according to a June 3, 2014, article by Christianity Today.

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.” In order to comply with the regulation statues, 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. ”

[A witness reported]”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. (You know the type. They use them between sick patients in the hospital). 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. I found Chaplain Bob Mueller, to ask what the meaning was of this change. This is what he told me. ‘A couple of months ago, an order came down from Washington DC to cover all things associated with Christianity in the VA. Their solution is to cover everything in all the VA Chapels across the country.’ Chaplain Bob went on to say, ‘A few weeks ago an official from the Madison VA came down here to tell me to “stop talking about Jesus, and to stop reading Scripture out loud.” Chaplain Bob also said that the rest of the Obama plan is to send more curtains to cover the rest of the stained glass windows, because there are Christian symbols on the stained glass. These photos reveal future plans by the White House. To use the same phrase President Obama so “eloquently” used concerning other matters at the VA, ‘I’m mad as hell…’ As Americans, we need to stand together to stop this insanity.”

From TruthOrFiction.com –

Joyless Nanny State Prohibits Sledding

Don’t have too much fun. In fact, don’t have any fun. You could hurt yourself! That’s the thinking of all too many government entities these days—and it’s why local officials are increasingly likely to shut down the neighborhood sledding hill.

According to the Associated Press, sledding prohibitions are more and more common:

No one tracks how many cities have banned or limited sledding, but the list grows every year. One of the latest is in Dubuque, Iowa, where the City Council is moving ahead with a plan to ban sledding in all but two of its 50 parks.

“We have all kinds of parks that have hills on them,” said Marie Ware, Dubuque’s leisure services manager. “We can’t manage the risk at all of those places.”

In the bureaucrat’s defense, government is not solely responsible for all the fun-killing. When kids get hurt, their parents sue, and these liability concerns have made it too costly for local authorities to run the risk.

Shifting societal attitudes have played a role as well, according to the AP:

“Most people realize that cities must restrict potentially dangerous activities to protect people and guard against costly lawsuits,” said Kenneth Bond, a New York lawyer who represents local governments. “In the past, people might have embraced a Wild West philosophy of individuals being solely responsible for their actions, but now they expect government to prevent dangers whenever possible. It’s a great idea on the frontier, but we don’t live on the frontier anymore,” Bond said.

It seems to me there is some comfortable room between the Wild West frontier of days past and the bubble-wrapped nanny state we live in now. Perhaps the government could protect our basic safety needs while still allowing for a bit of winter fun?

By Robby Soave – Reason.com –

Local Governments Prohibiting “Off-the-Grid” Living in Florida

From IndieGoGo.com –

Currently, statutes and ordinances make it illegal to disconnect a Florida home from local utilities. Last year, those laws were used to jail Cape Coral, Florida resident Robin Speronis for five weeks, including two weeks in solitary confinement. Her crimes? Collecting rainwater and using solar power to meet her daily utilities needs. Speronis’ story has made international headlines.

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You may think such bullying could never occur where you live. Unfortunately, it probably already has. Last year in Texas, for example, S.W.A.T. teams were deployed to the peaceful Garden of Eden Community as a Gestapo-style intimidation tactic. Officers arrested only one individual, based on unrelated traffic tickets, and issued a handful of citations for city code infractions. Officials found absolutely no drug-related violations, and all inhabitants of the community were unarmed.

Each of the community members present in the group’s house were initially handcuffed at gunpoint by heavily armed S.W.A.T. officers. This included the mother of a toddler and a two-week old baby. As part of the raid, many of the community’s edible crops were destroyed. Officers removed a variety of materials the community had planned to use in sustainability projects.

Garden of Eden is a sustainable community which lives outside of the confines of the ‘average lifestyle.’ The community believes in coming together to produce the basic necessities of life, and members support one another through each step. They grow their own food and live quietly. Since 2009, the group has been providing food, shelter and sustainability education classes to the public for free.

 
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