Kids cards for veterans refused; ‘Merry Christmas,’‘God bless you’ not allowed!

Students at a North Texas elementary school got a lesson in political correctness when they discovered that a Dallas VA hospital doesn’t allow the phrase “Merry Christmas” on Christmas cards sent to veterans. Um, they’re Christmas cards.

The kids at Grace Academy in Prosper spent Friday making the cards with plans to hand deliver them on Monday, according to Dallas-Fort Worth Fox WDFW.

“I’m hoping that it might make their day because their family might live far away, and they might not have somebody to celebrate Christmas with and I’d like them to know they’ve not been forgotten and somebody wanted to say thank you,” said fourth grader Gracie Brown to the local Fox station.

Gracie and her brother, Luke, each made Christmas cards for the vets, and proudly showed them off.

“It includes ‘Merry Christmas,’ and when you open it up, it says ‘Thank you for your service’ and the American flag,” said Luke.

But their excitement over doing a good deed was short-lived when they were told that their cards wouldn’t pass muster — no “God bless you,” no religious references, not even a “Merry Christmas” are allowed.

Gracie and Luke’s mom, Andrea, was incensed.

“This wasn’t the country I grew up in, when you couldn’t say ‘Merry Christmas,’ you couldn’t say ‘God bless you’ or reference any scripture,” she said.

Susan Chapman, a math teacher at Grace Academy, is married to a veteran and came up with the idea.

“It really didn’t occur to me there would be a problem with distributing Christmas cards,” Chapman told the station.

She got the bad news when she called Monday morning to schedule the delivery.

“I told him my students made cards, we’d like to bring them down for the veterans,” said Chapman. “And he said, ‘That’s great. We’re thrilled to have them, except the only thing is, we can’t accept anything that says ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘God bless you’ or any scriptural references because of all the red tape.'”

I agree with Gracie and Luke’s mom — this isn’t the country I grew up in either.

Watch the report from WDFW.

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221 thoughts on “Kids cards for veterans refused; ‘Merry Christmas,’‘God bless you’ not allowed!

  1. Dave Wallace says:

    Within two months Chistians will be caught away by our Savior Jesus Christ and the rest will perish in the Great Tribulation.

    1. auntielib says:

      Your claim runs counter to the words of Holy Scripture, actually.
      “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mk 13:31-32)
      Or are you claiming to be God the Father, Dave?

      1. Dave Wallace says:

        The Great Tribulation will begin in the Spring of 2014. And you will remain here to be murdered by the NWO.

        1. auntielib says:

          But, in the meantime, “men who have sex with men” (wink, wink) are becoming diseased with AIDS at a faster rate than ever, compared to the normal members of society. So says the CDC, who report that the percentage of new cases of AIDS attributed to male homosexuals has now risen to over 70%, Dave.
          Apparently they are ALREADY experiencing a great tribulation of their own, brought on by their own stupid chosen behavior.

  2. xxxlibertine says:

    More made up bullshit . . .

  3. Raymond Tower says:

    As a veteran I am offended by this. We the veterans of this Nation took an oath to Protect and Defend the Constitution of The United States. We did not take an oath that in any form states that we Protect and Defend the feelings of anti religion bigots.

  4. Dr. Dan says:

    Once again FOX news lies

    From The North Texas.VA
    First, we would like to state that the VA greatly appreciates donations made by students and organizations on behalf of our Veterans and we will always accept cards for our patients who celebrate Christmas. We would like to clarify the process though in which VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) handles religious/spiritual donations. All forms of holiday donations are received every year and recorded through Voluntary Services. A multi-disciplinary team led by Chaplaincy services reviews holiday cards and determines if the cards contain religious/secular material within them and in the event they do – our Chaplains distribute them by asking patients on a one-on-one basis if they will accept a holiday card with religious references.

    Our Veterans enlisted in the military with the understanding they may be called to fight for our freedoms. One of those freedoms is our freedom to practice a religion of our choice free of persecution. As a federal agency that provides health care to our Nation’s Veterans, it is our duty to uphold and respect the fact that our Veterans are from all faiths and backgrounds and we must honor their sacrifices by making sure we approach religious donations through highly trained VA Chaplains and seek patient approval before distribution.

  5. Sue PalmerBabz says:

    Thank you to each and every US Armed Forces. God Bless you all and Merry Christmas

  6. Boobie_The_Rocket_Dog says:

    Let’s hope the teacher had the good sense to blame Obama, but I doubt it.

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