‘The Bible Stays’: Pence Announces Change to VA Hospital Rules Allowing Religious Decorations, Christmas Trees

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Vice President Mike Pence announced that he would be scrapping some of the previous administration’s policies when it comes to religion in Veterans Affairs hospitals.

The vice president spoke before the American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Wednesday where he announced that the administration under President Donald Trump would be rolling back some of the policies put into place while President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office.

According to Pence, Obama-era rules prohibited the celebration of religious holidays in VA hospitals, including the display of Christmas trees and Bibles.

Pence promised the veterans in the crowd that those rules were a thing of the past. The Trump administration had overturned those decisions and would be fighting a lawsuit that aims to remove a WWII-era Bible from one VA hospital in New Hampshire.

Watch Pence’s speech:

“As we meet the health care needs of our veterans, let me make you another promise: This administration will always make room for the spiritual needs of our heroes at the VA as well. You might have heard, even today, that there’s a lawsuit to remove a Bible that was carried in World War II from a missing man table at a VA hospital in New Hampshire. There’s a lawsuit underway. It’s really no surprise because, under the last administration, VA hospitals were removing Bibles and even banning Christmas carols in an effort to be politically correct. Let me be clear: Under this administration, VA hospitals will not be religion-free zones.”

Pence added that the Trump administration will “always respect the freedom of religion of every veteran of every faith.”

The vice president told the crowd that he wanted to let those suing the New Hampshire VA for their WWII-era Bible that “the Bible stays.”

President Trump campaigned on ending the “assault” against Christmas festivities in government-owned facilities, such as the VA.

It remains unclear how the New Hampshire VA lawsuit over the Bible will play out. The lawsuit was filed on May 7, 2019.

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Otis
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Would someone please get those pesky Gideon Bibles out of hotel/motel rooms? It’s hard to sleep knowing that God might be lurking about. If the Quoran, the Book of Mormon, the Baghadgavita, et al, were added, well maybe I could get a decent night’s sleep.
For those who do not recognize sarcasm…

banstan
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contusion- in response to your response to Chad “No sense ridding yourself of your confusion”. More likely, he doesn’t want to dumb himself down to your level.

banstan
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contusion-“In fact, I would argue that he or she would likely be MORE impartial and objective than a Christian because he or she has no poker in that fire”. That is exactly the reason you are so confused. An atheist is anything BUT impartial about the existence of GOD. For you to believe this lady you cite “has no poker in that fire” is utterly absurd. A person who, by definition, does not believe in the existence of GOD cannot be impartial about the existence the GOD. You are very confused.

WellHungChad
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General, perhaps if you didn’t spend so much time playing with your privates, and spent a little more time pulling your head out of your butt, you wouldn’t be so confused. Being the liberal idiot that you are, it never occurred to you that your comment about Christians taking over makes you sound a lot like an “anti-Alex Jones”. Are you afraid of a Christian “saving you” to death? I’d take that over being beheaded because I refuse to accept the cult of Islam. Considering that Christians WROTE The Constitution, I have little fear that other Christians will hijack it.… Read more »

General Confusion
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“A person who does not believe in Zeus CANNOT be objective about something they do not believe even exists, just like an atheist cannot be objective in writing about the existence of GOD.” If the athiest is impartial, of course he or she can be objective. In fact, I would argue that he or she would likely be MORE impartial and objective than a Christian because he or she has no poker in that fire. I would cite Francesca Stavrakopoulou as an excellent example. She is currently Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at the University of Exeter. I… Read more »

banstan
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contusion-“The Christian Nationalists (moral majority, evangelical right, Creationists, whatever) have for decades built up a huge cadre of dangerous religious warriors and CNs can reach into that pool and pull out someone to run as a conservative judge or be a right-wing politician (Pence, Pompeo, etc).” Is this really Alex Jones? If not, just what are you smoking? I bet you think Elvis is still alive, too.

banstan
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contusion-“A person who doesn’t believe in Zeus can still be objective in writing about him in the same way a Christian believer can still be objective when writing about science or biology or history.” A person who does not believe in Zeus CANNOT be objective about something they do not believe even exists, just like an atheist cannot be objective in writing about the existence of GOD. Please explain why a Christian WOULD NOT be objective when writing about science, biology or history. EVERY Christian I know believes that science, biology and history exists.
Your argument holds no water.

CA Mom
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I wrote a comment yesterday addressing tolerance of all opinions regardless of religion and stated that the Left will only tolerate your opinion if it is in line with theirs. What happened to my reply? Did the Left disagree with me so it “disappeared”?

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