First Amended Complaint
Arleen Ocasio is the Director of the Houston National Cemetery, which islocated at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038.
IV. STATEMENT OF FACTSA. Pastor Scott Rainey and the National Cemetery Council for Greater Houston
Pastor Scott Rainey has been the Lead Pastor at Living Word Church of the Nazarene in Houston, Texas since 2003.12.
The National Cemetery Council for Greater Houston is a private nonprofitorganization.13.
Annually, the National Cemetery Council for Greater Houston hosts aMemorial Day ceremony and a Veterans Day ceremony at the Houston NationalCemetery.14.
In 2009 and 2010, Pastor Rainey delivered the invocation at the MemorialDay ceremony. During each invocation, Pastor Rainey closed his prayer, as he believes
he is instructed to do by his faith, by praying in Jesus’ name.
In 2009 and 2010, Pastor Rainey was not asked by the government tosubmit his prayer for prior approval, to edit his prayer to remove references toChristianity, or to refrain from mentioning the name of Jesus.16.
This year Pastor Rainey was again invited to give the invocation for theMemorial Day ceremony, but unlike previous years, Arleen Ocasio, Director of theHouston National Cemetery, requested that his prayer be submitted to her for priorapproval.17.
Pastor Rainey complied with this request by emailing a copy of the prayer
to Zelner ―Stoney‖ Stone,
President of the National Cemetery Council for Greater
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