[Rushtalk] More Madness From California

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Sat Mar 9 19:52:00 MST 2019


  State to vet's widow, 84: Stop Bible studies

    Or get evicted from your home

Published: 7 hours ago

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The Pacific Justice Institute is taking up the defense of an 84-year-old 
widow of a war veteran who has been threatened with eviction from her 
residence at the California state Veterans Home in Yountville because of 
her Bible studies.

“This shocking attack from the state against our client’s exercise of 
religious convictions is deeply disturbing,” said PJI President Brad 
Dacus. “The state seeks to punish Artis based on non-existent 
directives, and deprive her of a personal ministry to the veterans who 
have benefited from her religious services for years.”

The dispute between Artis Breau and state officials is over whether she 
is allowed to discuss the Bible and respond to questions about it at her 
home in the Veterans Home.

Breau has volunteered with the chaplaincy program and led Bible studies 
in the Veterans Home.

“She began encountering opposition from officials last September when it 
was claimed that a discussion between herself and another resident about 
heaven and hell had allegedly caused him to lose sleep and therefore was 
elder abuse, emotional abuse, and otherwise illegal,” Pacific Justice 

In mid-December, the Home told Breau she was no longer to act as a 
volunteer and she was being investigated.

Then, the newest development hit.

On Friday, “PJI received an alarming email from an attorney for CalVet, 
claiming Artis’ Bible studies were in violation of prior directives and 
would subject her to ‘involuntary discharge’ from the Home,” the 
organization reported.

“The Home claims it needs to protect residents from this elderly widow, 
even though attendance at her Bible studies is entirely voluntary,” PJI 
said. “Artis has explained to PJI that the real issue is that she is an 
evangelical Jewish believer in Jesus, which does not sit well with some 
of the chaplains.”

Pacific Justice responded immediately to the state threat with a 
“strongly-worded response” and currently is evaluating the legal options 

“CalVet’s treatment of this widow is shameful,” said PJI attorney 
Matthew McReynolds. “Throughout this process, we have been deeply 
disturbed not only by the lack of constitutional guidelines, ineptitude, 
and lack of due process in the investigation, but even more by the 
notion that discussing religious views on the eternal state of the soul 
is somehow elder abuse or emotional abuse.

“Our client’s husband fought for his country to preserve the freedoms 
now being threatened by CalVet. Our veterans deserve better.”

Breau’s late husband served as a Merchant Marine in World War II, in the 
famed 82nd Airborne, and then in the Air Force in Korea.

She worked as a civilian employee in the Office of the Chief of Staff of 
the Army at the Pentagon during the Korean war.

The couple moved into the home about nine years ago, and she later lost 
her husband

Added Dacus, “Artis isn’t fighting just for herself, but for the Gospel 
and for the residents who are unable to fight for themselves against the 
state’s attempted intimidation.”

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