Pastor Denied Prayer Because He Prayed In Jesus’ Name

Religious liberty and our First Amendment rights are constantly under attack- but generally only if you are a Christian. If you are anything else, you are celebrated, respected, and promoted.  Here is another example of Christianity under fire that comes directly out of Houston, Texas.  Thankfully, this pastor isn’t taking it sitting down!  (Update at the bottom)

We’ve heard about it in other parts of the world; even in other states, but now it’s come right here to Harris County Texas; the wild-eyed left refusing to let a local Pastor pray according to his faith.

Respected Houston Pastor Scott Rainey, who has delivered invocations before the Texas State House of Representatives, the Harris County Commissioners Court, and for the past two years, at the Houston National Cemetery’s Memorial Day Ceremony, was denied the permission to pray according to his faith.

During each invocation (including the past two at the Houston National Cemetery), Pastor Rainey has ended his prayer, as he believes he is instructed to do by his faith, by praying in Jesus’ name. This year, for the first time Pastor Rainey was asked to submit his prayer before the ceremony (click here to read prayer). Subsequently, Ms. Arleen Ocasio (Director, Houston National Cemetery) gave Pastor Rainey an unconstitutional demand to edit his prayer to be more “inclusive.”

Upon this outrageous request, noted defender of religious freedom, the Liberty Institute, filed a brief with the VA (click here for brief) demanding that this unconstitutional position be reversed. As of yesterday evening, Obama’s Veteran Affairs department has refused to rescind the decision.

This gained attention very quickly and an update recently came through:

A federal judge slapped down the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday, saying it can’t stop a pastor from using the words “Jesus Christ” in his Memorial Day invocation at Houston National Cemetery.

“The government cannot gag citizens when it says it is in the interest of national security, and it cannot do it in some bureaucrat’s notion of cultural homogeneity,” U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes wrote in his order, granting the Rev. Scott Rainey’s motion for the court to intercede. “The right to free expression ranges from the dignity of Abraham Lincoln’s speeches to Charlie Sheen’s rants.”

Rainey, lead pastor at the Living Word Church of the Nazarene, asked Hughes to prevent the cemetery’s caretaker, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, from telling him what he can say in a prayer on Memorial Day after the agency asked him for the first time to submit the prayer for review.

“I was shocked,” Rainey said. “I’ve heard of this happening in other states and other locations.”

Many of you may like to express your outrage that faith would be under such assault in America.  If so, you may respectfully express your opinion and a reminder of our religious liberty directly to Arleen Ocasio at 281-447-8686 (extension 206) and e-mail her at arleen.ocasio@va.gov .

 

About The Author: Brittany Pounders is a conservative political commentator, blogger, and freelancer. She is a frequent guest columnist for The Toronto Sun, and can be heard through many different radio and media outlets such as The Blaze Radio Network, The Chris Salcedo Show, The Ed Dean Radio Show, has appeared on The Glenn Beck Show and regularly on cable news channels, including NewsmaxTv, One America News Network, America Trends, and the Fox News with Neil Cavuto. She resides in Texas with her husband and is raising three of the finest little people in the world. Follow her on… Facebook or @LibertyBritt

  • The Constitution

    I defended the United States Of America for the preservation of the Constitution, and all it brings to the table. And I would do it again today. Even though you profess you know what the constitution reads as seperation from church and state, you are sadly mistaken. It reads, the government will not dictate (or endorse) a particular religion. Fear not child, for I will pray for you, and your future education, while you study and learn the Constitution of the United States of America (the real one).

  • liberty lover

    Liberty Juice, I believe you've been infiltrated by BO's Ministry of Truth! When I clicked on Ms Ocasio's email link, I was 404'd! Can you please look into that.

    • LibertyBrittany

      Thank you for bringing that to our attention. I removed the link and so to email her please just copy and paste her email address. God bless!

  • liberty lover

    From the Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB12371429733403374

    "[Madison] believed that the main reason to have separation of church and state was to help religion… evangelical Christians were the leading supporters of separation of church and state, and Madison was one of their greatest champions. They believed that not only was government repression bad but so was government help. Madison agreed and worked hand in hand with the evangelicals to press this point. They wanted to promote religion. They just believed that the best way to promote religion was for government to leave it alone."

    Corey, get an education and read Memorial and Remonstrance. As Madison said, "Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government."

  • liberty lover

    cpmondello, or should we call you Cory? http://coreysviews.wordpress.com/ How much are you getting paid byJesse Lee, BO's Minister for Truth, to troll blogs so your socialist views can be dispersed? Or are you really Jesse Lee? Your same rant shows up over 2,300 times on various sites according to Google. Must be nice to have mommy nanny you while you cut and paste away on the net in the basement, in your underware, munching on cheese puffs. When the last time you actually took a bath? I think your mind needs a good cleansing, too.

  • liberty lover

    cpmondello, or should we call you Cory? http://coreysviews.wordpress.com/ How much are you getting paid byJesse Lee, BO's Minister for Truth, to troll blogs so your socialist views can be dispersed? Or are you really Jesse Lee? Your same rant shows up over 2,300 times on various sites according to Google. Must be nice to have mommy nanny you while you cut and paste away on the net in the basement, in your underware, munching on cheese puffs. When the last time you actually took a bath? I think your mind needs a good cleansing, too.

  • cpmondello

    Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free and the world to no longer have to live in fear of the U.S.A.'s imperialist, terrorist holy war. The conservative ideology has never helped mankind in any way, it has not only never helped mankind in anyway, it has oppressed, murdered, raped and killed all those in it's way to gain power. History shows us this. Fact shows us this.

    James Madison, the "Father of the U.S. Constitution", along with many founders of this country, regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliations, knew keeping politics and religion separate not only preserves each, but helps them flourish: "The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the
    Church and the State."

    I tell every one to support those who fight for 'Separation of Church and State'. These are a few I've been supporting for years;

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State: http://www.au.org/

    Freedom From Religion Foundation: http://ffrf.org/

    Military Religious Freedom Foundation: http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/

    The Interfaith Alliance Foundation: http://www.interfaithalliance.org/

  • cpmondello

    Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free and the world to no longer have to live in fear of the U.S.A.'s imperialist, terrorist holy war. The conservative ideology has never helped mankind in any way, it has not only never helped mankind in anyway, it has oppressed, murdered, raped and killed all those in it's way to gain power. History shows us this. Fact shows us this.

    James Madison, the "Father of the U.S. Constitution", along with many founders of this country, regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliations, knew keeping politics and religion separate not only preserves each, but helps them flourish: "The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the
    Church and the State."

    I tell every one to support those who fight for 'Separation of Church and State'. These are a few I've been supporting for years;

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State: http://www.au.org/

    Freedom From Religion Foundation: http://ffrf.org/

    Military Religious Freedom Foundation: http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/

    The Interfaith Alliance Foundation: http://www.interfaithalliance.org/