June 4, 2014

Denying Christians a Chapel

One VA hospital tries not to offend.

With the addition of some curtains, the VA Hospital chapel in Iron Mountain, Michigan, is only a room with some stained glass windows. The hospital installed a red curtain around a cross, altar and statues of Jesus and Mary. The hospital is removing all icons of Christianity because of a 2008 edict from Washington, which says chapels must be ecumenical. Richard Riley, pastor of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, told Todd Starnes at Fox News the hospital’s actions make him “exceedingly disappointed.” He continued, “Christians have constitutional rights. We have a right to voice our opinion. Just because you are a Christian doesn’t mean you lose your First Amendment rights.” Let’s get this straight: While the VA system degrades and endangers lives with negligent care, one hospital is denying patients and visitors their free exercise of religion. More…

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