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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096
January 7, 2014
AFA: Veterans Affairs Censors Christmas for Patients in VA Hospitals
American Family Association Says the Move Stomps on the Religious Liberties Veterans Fought to Protect

 American Family Association( recently learned of an alarming trend of anti-Christian censorship that took place just before Christmas in Veterans Affairs hospitals throughout the country, depriving veterans of the Christmas spirit, all in the name of “political correctness.” 

According to a story by Todd Starnes on Fox News, the VA allegedly censored a high school choir who came to sing at the VA hospital in Augusta, Ga., because their songs included the words “Christmas” and “Jesus.” 

In Iowa City, Iowa, American Legion volunteers were told they could not hand out gifts to veterans if the wrapping paper included the words “Merry Christmas.” Likewise, in Montgomery, Ala., a young woman delivering gifts to veterans was turned away because the wrapping included the words “Merry Christmas.” 

And the Dallas VA medical center rejected handwritten Christmas cards from local school children because the cards contained phrases like “Merry Christmas” and “God Bless You.” 

Now, some members of Congress, the American Legion and the Liberty Institute are calling on the VA to stop the blatant violation of religious freedoms by patriotic Americans. 

“What a statement on the freedoms that these veterans fought so selflessly to protect!” said American Family Association President Tim Wildmon. “We are extremely dismayed that Veterans Affairs would censor Christmas, stomp on Americans’ religious liberties and strip veterans of much-need Christmas spirit and hope. We pray that the response from Americans will change the mindset of the VA and put an end to the anti-Christmas environment in their hospitals.” 

AFA is encouraging Americans to contact Veterans Affairs and ask for answers on why it has become hostile toward expressions of the Christian faith. Concerned citizens can send an email through the AFA web site to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Erik Shinseki, urging him to put an immediate end to the troubling pattern of anti-Christian hostility and the stomping of religious freedoms in VA hospitals across the country. 

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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association (AFA) in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner. 

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as and that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA web sites average over 40 million hits and five million visitors each month. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America. 


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