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The Fight for 'Jesus' in Memorial Day Prayer


Memorial Day ceremonies are supposed to honor those who gave their lives in battle, but a ceremony here in Houston became a battlefield before it even began.

The fight ended up in court.

It began when the Department of Veterans Affairs asked local pastor Scott Rainey for a copy of what he was going to say at the ceremony. Everything was okay until the end of the prayer where the pastor ended with "in Jesus name I pray, amen."

The V.A. asked him to remove that part about "Jesus," so the prayer would be "more inclusive" to servicemen and women of other faiths.

Pastor Rainey took the issue to court, and a federal district court judge took his side. The judge said the ban on the name "Jesus" violated his first amendment rights, ironically, one of the things the veterans died fighting for.

So, how did the pastor handle it?

At the close of his prayer during Monday morning's ceremony, he proudly said the name he fought for.

"While respecting the people of every faith today, it is the name of Jesus Christ the Risen Lord that I pray, amen," said Rainey.

The prayer brought cheers from the crowd.

"I'm glad he kept it in, at least," said attendee Manuel Asevedo. "They should have never done that or even tried to."

"I understand that everyone has their own beliefs -- their own religion, but again, we were founded on Christianity, " said Lori Asevedo.

"I just say, 'What is next? Removing the crosses from the graves or the headstones?'," said veteran Charles Bradley. "I don't know how far they're wanting to go with this, so I'm glad that it was reinstated."

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