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Roy G. Callahan, USN, Ret.

1529 NW 143rd Street Gainesville, Florida 32606 Tel: (352) 332-9144 Fax: (352) 332-9144 call6603@bellsouth.net Saturday, December 21, 2013 With Duck Dynasty prominently in the news, its appropriate to share what happened to me on December 20, 2013, after an appointment at the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic at University of Florida Hospital at Shands. Prior to keeping this appointment I contacted Father Bower, the catholic priest who ministered to my spiritual needs while I fought Acute Myeloid Leukemia as an inpatient at Shands. The reason for the meeting was to wish him a face to face Merry Christmas. Father Bowers office used to be on the second floor in the South Tower Cancer Center. Unbeknownst to me, Shands moved him into the bowels of the North Tower sharing space with protestant and not to welcome other chaplains. He gave me his beeper number which didnt work initially so I went to where I believed he or his secretary would be. That suite is now occupied by the Vice President or some other big wig at Shands. When I entered the office space I found no one to greet me so I wandered around until I came upon a handsome middle aged woman whom I asked for assistance. I told her I am a recovering Leukemia patient who had just finished an appointment in the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic and was looking for Chaplain (Father) Bower to personally wish him a Merry Christmas. She had no idea who Chaplain Bower was or where I could find him so she told me to remain at the counter in front of her desk while she made a few telephone calls. The first person she talked to didnt know what a Chaplain was let alone who Father Bower was. The second person she talked to gave her the same pager number Father Bower had given me. We compared notes, I thanked her for her effort, and as I was preparing to leave she wished me a Merry Christmas. That stopped me short but generated my response, Yes, it is Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays. The woman arose from her seat, came around her desk and we briefly embraced while wishing one another a Merry Christmas. Slightly stunned at what had just happened I watched her return to her seat. As I turned to leave I thanked her again and saw her wipe tears from her eyes. I wanted to comfort her but common sense told me to leave it alone. I had no idea who else was around, I had no desire to promote an awkward situation, and the last thing I wanted to do was jeopardize her job. The University of Florida, like most public universities receiving federal funds, is a bastion of Marxist-Humanism. Shands, by affiliation is no different. Marxist-Humanism tolerates no master greater than itself so God has to go. Secularism is the vehicle used to prohibit speech which is used to impose political correctness and generate fear This womans tears bear witness to emotional turmoil and toll that political correctness takes on normal, freedom loving moral people. Taxpayers fund the ongoing assault on American values

despite first Amendment guarantees of Freedom of Religion, not From Religion. Removing Merry Christmas from the public square is a violation of every Americans First Amendment right. It is also an intolerable act upon a free people that cannot stand. Wishing one and all a Merry Christmas, I remain, Yours in the Bill of Rights,

Roy G. Callahan Member, Florida Oath Keepers/John Birch Society