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“Defending Religious Liberty” Conference
'Truth Bombs' Expose New Facts in Case Against VA's Ban on 'God'
VA Cemetery Director Says, 'Take 'God' out of your vocabulary'

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“Defending Religious Liberty” Conference
Exclusively For Pastors & Church Leaders

September 14, 2011

"Defending Religious Liberty"

Pastors / Church Leaders Conference


Alliance Defense Fund

Special Speaker:  Dr. Jim Garlow (Skyline Church, San Diego)

 - Complimentary for pastors, staff, and church leaders! -

ADF is a legal alliance of more than 2,000 attorneys that are located in virtually every community across the country. This highly trained network of attorneys brings a wealth of experience to the fight to defend pastors, churches, religious freedom, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.

 Grace Community Church

(14505 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX)

Dear Texas Pastors:

From Amarillo to Galveston, from El Paso to Beaumont – our God-given, Constitutionally protected freedoms of religious practice and expression are under fire even in our beloved state.

Whether it is a Bible being ripped out of a historic display in downtown Houston, the words “God”, God bless you” and “Jesus” being restricted at the Houston National Cemetery, school children being told they cannot pray or the federal government telling you what you can and cannot preach on in your pulpit…

…there is an all out assault on our freedom to live, practice and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in AMERICA.

We are partnering with Alliance Defense Fund as one of the foremost Christian legal organizations in the nation that defends (at no cost to pastors or churches!) religious liberty in the courts, for a powerful workshop to equip you and your church leadership to defend our religious liberty!

The question of our day is— WILL WE WILLINGLY CONTINUE TO GIVE AWAY THE FREEDOMS FOR WHICH OUR FOREFATHERS DIED and for which our sons, husbands, fathers and even daughters, wives and mothers are fighting right now?

Pastors, join us in blocking out this important time on Wednesday, September 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and bring key church staff and/or leadership.  You will interact with some of the nation’s top experts so we can collectively be like the sons of Issachar – we will both understand the times and know what to do!

Please register today!

Your fellow servants in Christ,

Dr. Steve Riggle                                                      Bishop Robert Jefferson
Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church                    Senior Pastor, Cullen Missionary Baptist Church
President, Grace International                                  Bishop, Family Fellowship of Churches


To allow us to prepare adequate space, materials, and meals,

Please Click Here to Register Today!

'Truth Bombs' Expose New Facts in Case Against VA's Ban on 'God'
by Liberty Institute

August 18, 2011

Help Us Drop “Truth Bombs”

We are aiming to make the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) set things right by making the truth known!

Truth Bomb #1:
We are releasing a series of videos featuring veterans and volunteers who were told by VA officials that they could not say “God” or pray at funeral services for fallen vets at the Houston National Cemetery.

You must see this to believe it!

“We Just Want to Do Our VFW Ritual”

For more than 20 years, the VFW District 4 Honor Guard has performed the VFW burial ritual, which was written and approved by the VFW National Council of Administration nearly 100 years ago and includes prayers, speeches and references to God, at the Houston National Cemetary.

The new Houston National Cemetery Director Arleen Ocasio told the VFW team that they could no longer do the entire almost century-old burial ritual that included prayer and speeches referring to God absent prior approval.  She did allow the flag folding and presentation, Taps, and the rifle salute.

A cemetery employee also told VFW District 4 Honor Guard Chaplain Felix Sivcoski that he was not allowed to use the word "God" and Director Ocasio instructed Junior Vice Commander Nobleton Jones that he could not say the following or have any direct contact with families as he hands them shell casings from the rifle salute as he recited the words:

“On behalf of the United States of America, a grateful nation, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, I present you with these shell casings from the shots that were fired to honor our departed comrade. We thank him for his honorable service to our country. We thank you and your family for your support.
We ask that God grant you and your family grace, mercy, and peace.

These outrageous displays of religious hostility against veterans and others must be stopped! Visit to sign our petition asking the Department of Veterans Affairs to stop this religious censorship immediately!

Help us spread the word about this government censorship! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and forward this email to your friends.

Stay tuned for more videos with alarming facts about what is happening at the Houston National Cemetery!  We will release another Truth Bomb this afternoon, and more tomorrow!

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VA Cemetery Director Says, 'Take 'God' out of your vocabulary'
by Liberty Institute

August 18, 2011

Truth Bomb #2: 

“She told us to take ‘God’ out of our vocabulary.”

The National Memorial Ladies, comprised of about 37 volunteers, attends approximately 60 funerals a week to ensure that no veteran is ever buried alone. The Ladies give handwritten condolence cards to the families of the deceased veterans. The Ladies are always sensitive to the religious background of the family, which they often ascertain from whether or not clergy is present at the burial and their interaction with and observance of the family members.

Houston National Cemetery Director Arleen Ocasio told members of the National Memorial Ladies that they must take “God” out of their vocabulary.

She told them that they could not speak nor write the words “God,” “Jesus,” “God bless you,” or even “I’m praying for you,” to grieving families burying their loved ones.

It’s so outrageous that you have to see it to believe it!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s videos, which will be the most shocking yet!

Help us spread the word! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and
forward this email to your friends.

Visit to sign our petition asking the VA to stop this religious censorship immediately!

Watch Truth Bomb #1 here: “We Just Want to Do Our VFW Ritual.

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