“It’s supposed to be ‘Wreaths Across America’ not 'Grief Across America’!
MRFF fights this same damn thing every holiday season. And, as usual, we are receiving a flood of client requests for MRFF’s help yet again in this matter.
In the past we’ve tried to handle each client outreach on a case-by-case basis. We could barely even do THAT during the 4 dark years of Trump’s Christian Nationalist administration for the obvious reasons. But it’s supposed to be a new day now with Joe Biden as President and Denis McDonough as his enlightened, new VA Secretary replacing Trump’s racist, Christian supremacist, and Confederate fetishist VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.
Look, we have no problem with 'Wreaths Across America' placing Christmas wreaths on the graves of those deceased American veterans (the overwhelming majority of whom were probably Christians) if their surviving family members so requested it.
But to unilaterally place such a Christmas wreath on the grave of a deceased veteran whose family did NOT request it, or in any other way grant prior approval for such placement, is unquestionably a repulsive act of DESECRATION by the prejudiced, ethically disinterested, and fecklessly ignorant.
Why, you might ask? After all, I’ve had people screaming at me that 'It’s just a sweet, little, Christmas wreath, what’s the big deal, Scrooge Weinstein?’
Fair enough. Let me make this really simple for those of you who don’t seem to get it. Although I and my MRFF colleagues would give our collective last breaths and our last drops of blood to defend our Christian military MRFF clients’ right to constitutionally practice their Christian faith, it is undeniable that the most central tenet of that faith is accepting Christ as one’s Lord and Savior. Indeed, unless one bends his/her knee and confesses Christ to be his/her ONLY Lord and Savior (see Romans 14:11), then the ‘refuser’ will not see life and, instead, as a divine punishment, will face the wrath of Jesus in this life (see John 3:36) and, after death, will be thrown to burn forever in the Lake of Fire (see Revelation 20:15).
Not all Christians might believe that, but to the families of those deceased veterans who are non-Christians, the eternal threat message of Christ-imposed torture and brutality in this life and after death is quite clear as a bell.
Indeed, to the families of honorable American veterans who have NOT requested ‘Wreaths Across America’ to place a Christmas wreath on their deceased loved one’s grave in a VA cemetery, that Christmas wreath exists to proclaim that Christ is King of the Universe, OR ELSE! And it’s that horrific ‘OR ELSE’ which disgusts families who do not want Christmas wreaths hideously marring the tranquility of the honored gravesites of their late loved ones.
My dad rests in a VA national cemetery. I’ve already had to deal with some filthy, jackass coward(s) placing an Easter cross on his grave. Let me assure you that my family and our MRFF client families will move swiftly and aggressively to prosecute, criminally, and sue, civilly, anyone who tries to place a Christmas wreath at these hallowed gravesites without first obtaining the families' permission!
American families should NEVER BE BURDENED to have to go to all the trouble to preemptively ‘opt out’ to the VA regarding this mass action to place sectarian, Christian artifacts such these Christmas wreaths on the graves of their honored loved ones!”
This burden rests clearly with the VA, as the trusted fiduciary custodian of our National Cemeteries, to ensure that ‘Wreaths Across America” has duly received prior unequivocal approvals to place these Christmas wreaths from the families of those valiant veterans who have served and passed from this life.
NO SUCH PRIOR APPROVAL, NO CHRISTMAS WREATH ON A VETERAN’S GRAVESITE!