FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Is the Veterans Administration removing crosses and Bibles from its hospitals?
WOWO News reached out to the Fort Wayne VA hospital after a couple of listener tips saying just that, based on federal guidelines.
A spokesman there tells WOWO News that Christian symbols have been removed from public view at its chapels, but only when there is not a service taking place.
“The chapel will remain religiously neutral, except when a service is occurring. When there is not a service occurring, the chapel must be religiously neutral,” spokesman Matthew Kelly says.
In a response to WOWO News’ request for more details, such as if this is a new rule, and for clarification on if it applies to other religions’ objects, the VA sent the following statement:
“Yes, it extends to all religious symbols. This is not a new rule. The requirement derives from a VHA directive and applies to all VHA facilities throughout the VA.”