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October 26, 2007

Flag-Folding Ceremony Banned by Moonbat Bureauweenies

The latest outrage inflicted on our troops by moonbats:

Through thousands of military burials, Memorial Honor Detail volunteers at Riverside National Cemetery have folded the American flag 13 times and recited the significance of every fold to survivors of those being laid to rest.
The first fold, a narrator tells relatives, represents life, the second a belief in eternal life.
The 11th fold celebrates Jewish war veterans and "glorifies the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob."
A single complaint lodged against the words for the 11th fold recently prompted the National Cemetery Administration to ban the entire recital at all 125 national cemeteries.
A spokesman in Washington said the complaint originated from someone who witnessed the ceremony at Riverside National but would provide no other details and declined to release the directive banning the flag-folding recital, saying it was "an internal working document not meant for public distribution."
Veterans are furious.
"That the actions of one disgruntled, whining, narcissistic and intolerant individual is preventing veterans from getting the honors they deserve is truly an outrage," said Rees Lloyd, 59, a Vietnam-era veteran and Memorial Honor Detail volunteer. "This is another attempt by secularist fanatics to cleanse any reference to God."

Folds 12 and 13 aren't likely to appeal to progressives either:

12. In the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
13. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, "In God We Trust."

Referring to Christianity and Judaism, the religions upon which our civilization is founded, without mentioning every other belief system any veteran has ever held, presumably including not just Shintoism and Scientology but even those that are essentially hostile to our way of life, like Islam and Secular Humanism, "denigrates the patriotic men and women of other faiths who serve our country," according to a moonbat rabbi named Yitzhak Miller.

Welcome to America under the regime of the ACLU.

Something else for moonbats to take away.

On a tip from V the K.

Posted by Van Helsing at October 26, 2007 7:24 AM


It amazes me that OUR government heeds the words of a single individual to remove this ceremonial ritual in one fell swoop, yet in matters where the majority speak out in one voice, (immigration issues, taxes etc.) OUR government consistently ignores us. Just who the hell are they working for? (revolution brewing...)

And I want to make a correction on a statement made in this otherwise fine article: "The U.S. government owns Riverside National". No. WE own that plot of land. WE own the national parks and all federally and state-held facilities belong to US. 'Course I know that's naive and we're basically slaves of our socialist government. But had to write it anyway.

Posted by: fellowes at October 26, 2007 9:35 AM

Please pass on your dismay to the VA.

Posted by: Conan at October 26, 2007 9:37 AM

I say they just keep doing it.

Posted by: Steve at October 26, 2007 5:08 PM

I'll amplify Fellowes words... (revolution brewing)

Posted by: Kerry at October 26, 2007 5:36 PM

One complaint? ARRGGGGHHHH!!!!

Posted by: Always On Watch at October 27, 2007 11:53 AM

Thanks to all. A missive is brewing too...

Posted by: fellowes at October 27, 2007 4:41 PM

Uh, it is literally *not possible* to "ban" this ceremony; it is freedom of expression, which is a natural right. Rights are not granted, and they cannot be taken away.

Posted by: Anonymous at October 28, 2007 3:06 PM

Shouldn't the flag folding ceremony be protected under the 1st Amendment? I know that the ceremony itself is 'unofficial' and not in the Flag Code, but come on. As another post pointed out, it is freedom of expression. And it is pathetic that the complaint of ONE person would garner such a response from the Department of Veterans Affairs. What about the thousands of men and women who serve and die under that flag? What about their families? This is an absolute disgrace to America, our freedom, and those who have fought and given their lives to preserve the very freedom that gave ONE person the freedom to complain about it in the first place. I had no idea about this until I read about it today at, and I am beyond angry about it.

Posted by: TLP at October 30, 2007 10:28 AM

Start an email chain lets get this over-turned. Because this offends me. Doesn't it offend you?

P.S. I am an Eagle Scout, age 17.

Posted by: michael thys at October 31, 2007 7:53 AM