If you have been reading the news you know there has been a bunch of people up in arms over the director of the Houston Memorial cemetery asking that religion not be invoked by volunteers at funeral services. Seems once again our Fallen are being used as political props.. this time by the Christian Right.. they seem to forget their religious rights end at the tip of their nose. I am sick of people taking over and making our fallen their cloak for gaining attention for themselves or their cause! Funerals are not for YOU.. they are for the FAMILY. By showing up and invoking your beliefs and words and taking over you are behaving no better than Westboro Baptist Church!
People seem to think that the director of the Cemetery banned all religious ceremony… that is not true.. he just told the “volunteers” and “groups” they could not show up and take over… the funerals themselves are whatever the families request. these groups however can’t show up and take over and make it about them or what they want!
It seems many people have forgotten that they not only do not own our fallen, the funerals for these men and women are not for them. The funerals are for the families. For these people to feel they can impose or invoke whatever beliefs they have on others during a time of grief is disrespectful. Not every Fallen soldier is Christian and some families do not want to deal with some good doer invoking their beliefs on them.
My son was an atheist.. the military was very careful to follow our wishes and not invoke religion. I would have been PISSED if some “volunteer” changed the funeral we planned for my son.. How dare these people try to take over these finally good byes and make them what THEY WANT and not what the families want!! The fact that they have pushed themselves into a postion that they had to be told to shut up and go away tells me they have NO RESPECT for the families and have repeatedly overstepped their bounds.
Its time for all these “groups” to step back and remember ITS NOT ABOUT THEM! Yes it is a good thing to show your respect and to honor our military but when you USE them to gain something, be it attention or a political point, you are not honoring them.