Children attending the Grace Academy of North Texas in Prosper, Texas recently created Christmas cards for veterans at the VA hospital in Dallas.
However, the private Christian school was told that the Christmas cards, which celebrate the birth of Jesus, are not allowed at the VA because there are veterans of different religions and the VA is trying to be respectful of different beliefs.
This news shocked Susan Chapman, a math teacher at Grace Academy, who was behind the religious Christmas cards project (video below).
"It really didn't occur to me there would be a problem with distributing Christmas cards," Chapman told My Fox Dallas-Fort Worth.
On Monday morning, Chapman called the VA hospital about dropping off the cards, but was politely told she could not.
"I told [the VA rep.] my students made cards, we'd like to bring them down for the veterans," stated Chapman. "And he said, 'That's great. We're thrilled to have them, except the only thing is, we can't accept anything that says ‘Merry Christmas' or ‘God bless you' or any scriptural references because of all the red tape.'"
Andrea Brown, a mother of two of children who made Christmas cards, was also shocked that the VA wasn't allowing religious Christmas cards to be handed out to vets who may not be Christians.
“This wasn’t the country I grew up in, when you couldn’t say ‘Merry Christmas,’ you couldn’t say ‘God bless you’ or reference any scripture,” stated Brown.
Of course, there are no actual laws against saying "Merry Christmas" or "God bless you," but Brown was still outraged for her kids.
"They couldn't believe the people that these people they wanted to honor weren't going to get the chance to see what they had done," added Brown.
Her sentiments were echoed by Hiram Sasser, of the Christian-based Liberty Institute, who slammed the VA's policy of respecting all religions.
“Targeting the benevolent work of little children for censorship is disgusting,” Sasser told Fox News. “Do the Grinches in the administration of the VA really believe our bravest warriors need protection from the heartfelt well wishes of small children saying Merry Christmas?”
“Mr. Potter from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ wouldn’t even ban little children from wishing our veterans Merry Christmas,” claimed Sasser.