Pastor Scott Rainey was invited to take part in a Memorial Day service at the Houston National Cemetery, as he has done for the past two years. This year, however, he was required to submit his prayer in writing. Within hours he was ordered to remove the words “in the name of Jesus Christ, the risen Lord,” and told if he did not, he would not be a part of the Memorial Day service.
The director of Houston National Cemetery wanted the prayer to be more inclusive, but U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes issued a temporary restraining order AGAINST the cemetery, ruling the censorship violated Pastor Rainey’s First Amendment rights:
“It is very clear that a pastor has a right as a private citizen to speak his mind freely and not have the government censor or edit the content of his speech, said Jeff Mateer, general counsel of the Liberty Institute and the attorney representing Rainey. “Our veterans fought and many died for our religious freedom and to have it stripped away under the façade of inclusiveness is the height of offense to those who have served our country.”
It’s shocking these days to find a Judge supporting Christianity and the First Amendment – together. I applaud Judge Lynn Hughes.