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Remember this story when the director of the Houston national cemetery prohibited veterans.
From mentioning the word god or Jesus during funerals.
Well now one Thompson wants that changed and he's proposing a new amendment to make sure that doesn't happen again.
Joining us -- is Republican congressman from Texas Ted Poe congressman nice to see this morning.
Thank you what is in this amendment -- what are you hoping to accomplish.
A lot of the amendment that passed the house last week and appropriations bill.
Will prohibit the federal government from interfering.
At the funerals of our veterans at the veterans cemetery.
What happened in Houston was the director was censoring speech censoring the prayers called the Chappell took out the crossed the Bible and star David made distort (%expletive).
And so this amendment will allow veterans and their families.
When they go to a funeral -- -- burial to have a religious service without the federal government coming in and censoring and prohibiting free speech.
And the exercise of religion.
Congressman let's just remind our viewers exactly what happened last summer at this -- we have a full screen they wouldn't let chapel China's.
They regulated their prayers as we mentioned in our intro.
Need to veterans couldn't say god or Jesus they remove bibles they were moved across their moved the star -- David.
They closed the chapel.
What were the folks here -- thinking.
They weren't thinking at all they want it you have a secular.
A politically correct burial.
The director of the cemetery did and that's not appropriate.
There's a zone of privacy around a burial ceremony with the families the veterans of foreign wars.
And it's important for them to have a religious burial for veteran.
It went all over the may have -- all over the world to fight for the First Amendment and they come home when there.
Our own government comes in in denies them First Amendment.
Freedom of religion and speech and so we're going to make sure that in the future the federal government stays out of the burial ceremonies of our veterans at.
The national cemeteries and in Houston to -- star of David Chappell has all been has been reopened and that's because of -- the -- to suit here in Houston.
We don't -- -- make -- make sure that the veterans of foreign wars that have to go around the country and suit so we're gonna make sure that the the law changes to keep.
Out of prayer and out of speech -- when our.
Our great veterans -- buried in our next.
It is remarkable congressman thanks for your work honestly think about the veterans who go over to the beaches of Normandy incline and -- that remarkable cemetery there which is just a sea of crosses.
And it -- have cross is here that are being locked up and thrown sheds is despicable.
Yes it is and it's.
If it's -- more federal bureaucracy insensitive to to the veterans and also this legislation will -- directors.
Of our cemeteries for veterans cemeteries you'd be better and so that they understand that the necessity of taking care of our veterans when they're very.
-- that's a great point congressman Ted -- thanks so much for coming in explaining it to us.
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