A Louisiana lawman is livid over the federal government’s decision to cut off funds for two programs to help troubled young people — all, he says, because he refused to sign a pledge to bar prayer or any mention of God at their meetings.
Julian Whittington, sheriff of Bossier Parish in Louisiana told Fox News that the Department of Justice Office of Civil Rights de-funded $30,000 for their Young Marines chapter as well as a Youth Diversion program. Federal officials objected to a voluntary student-led prayer in the department’s youth diversion program and an oath recited by the Young Marines that mentions God, according to Whittington, who blasted what he considers the government’s “aggression and infringement of our religious freedoms.” “We were informed that these are unacceptable inherently religious activities and the Department of Justice would not be able to fund the programs if it continued,” Whittington told Fox News. “They wanted a letter from me stating that I would no longer have voluntary prayer and I would also have to remove ‘God’ from the Young Marine’s oath.” Whittington said, We’re not promoting any specific religion, this is just voluntary prayer, mention of God, how offensive and bad can that be?” Read full article HERE.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington has taken a stand against the federal government for denying the Sheriff’s Office federal grant funding for their youth programs, Young Marines and Youth Diversion, because of the mention of God and voluntary prayer in the programs. Sheriff Whittington has made it clear that he will not remove God nor voluntary prayer from either program.
In response to Sheriff Whittington and other federal and local dignitaries are planning a Fourth of July ‘In God We Trust’ Rally to declare their support for our national motto, “In God We Trust.” These leaders believe their rights have been violated and that they CAN do something about it as citizens of this great nation.
“We are holding the “In God We Trust” rally because this issue is about as close to home as it gets,” said Sheriff Whittington. “It’s a direct attempt to try to influence what we do right here at home, and we want to send a message to Washington, D.C…this is a wake-up call, and it’s our time to stand and say, ‘In God We Trust’.”
YOU ARE INVITED to join their patriotic effort to protect our right to pray and mention God in public. The “In God We Trust” Rally will be on July 4, from 1-4 p.m., at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Viking Drive Substation located at 2510 Viking Drive. There will be an opportunity to sign a banner showing your support for the “In God We Trust” campaign.
Join Louisiana State Representative Jeff Thompson, Sheriff Whittington and others to sign the large banner offering your support. There will be a live radio broadcast and American flags will be available to show your patriotism.
The Bossier Sheriff’s Office doesn’t solicit funds from the public, however if you wish to donate or need more information, please contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at 318-965-3411 or write to Bossier Sheriff’s Office, ATTN: Young Marines/Youth Diversion, P.O. Box 850, Benton, LA 71006.
“I am tremendously grateful to the people who have offered up their support of our young people and the shared disbelief over an objection to even the mere mention of God in our youth programs,” Sheriff Whittington said. “The Young Marines program is such a positive influence on the lives of our young men and women, and about 1,000 recruits have graduated from the program over the past decade. Our newly-formed Youth Diversion is another tremendous program that will steer young men and women down a positive road so that they, too, can become productive citizens in our communities.”
Let’s show our support of their courage. “We the People” must stand strong and together against the effort to remove God from the public square.