DOJ cuts funding of Young Marines program for mentioning ‘God’

Photo credit: KTBS

Photo credit: KTBS

A Louisiana sheriff is standing firm on not accepting Department of Justice funds for the Young Marines program after he was told he couldn’t mention God if he wanted the funding. Bossier Parrish Sherriff Julian Whittington said the demand infringes on his religious freedoms.

Whittington said he was appalled at the funding condition, spelled out in a letter from the Justice Department saying any mention of “God” or any “voluntary prayers” could not be included in the program if it was to receive the $30,000 in funding.

“Last time I said the Pledge of Allegiance, it had God in it,” Whittington told KTBS, a local TV station. “The last time I picked up a dollar bill this morning, it had God on it. You mean to tell me that we can’t have voluntary prayer or mention God in our program?”

Fox News reported that the Justice Department took issue with the Young Marine’s Oath, which says:

“From this day forward, I sincerely promise, I will set an example for all other youth to follow and I shall never do anything that would bring disgrace or dishonor upon God, my Country and its flag, my parents, myself or the Young Marines. These I will honor and respect in a manner that will reflect credit upon them and myself. Semper Fidelis.”

Local clergy members are standing behind Whittington.

“We want to make sure that program stays in place and I want to applaud the sheriff for taking a stand the way he did to not compromise the integrity of the program for a few grant dollars,” Pastor Doyle Adams Sr. of Elizabeth Baptist Church told KTBS.

Whittington said it’s not about the money, but the principle. The character-building program has been in place since 2002 and has been sanctioned by the U.S. Marine Corps. Young men and women between the ages of 8 and 18 are taught discipline, leadership, teamwork and commitment.

Local supporters have come forward, Whittington said, and the program is ready for a group of new recruits starting this week.

Watch the KTBS report here:

KTBS.com

H/T: Fox News

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  • Doug Hanks

    If you can get the money elsewhere you can be independent.

  • Dennis Fritz

    Is this the Muslim In Charge forcing his Muslim beliefs on the USA? Sure appears like it, in addition to many other issues. Why do the Lemmings allow and follow this?

  • OldmanRick

    This is to be expected. Holder and his trolls only support the Black Panthers, CAIR, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • http://www.posterchildrenfortermlimits.com George Blumel

    Obama is well along in transforming the US from a free republic to an authoritarian hell. His boy Holder has destroyed any credibility of the DOJ –this being just one little example following the Black Panthers incident, Fast & Furious and other serious crimes. The only resistance comes from courageous people like the Sheriff in the report but nothing much from congress other than a few hearings that haven't accomplished anything…yet.

    • Justus Bigler

      you make a great point

  • Danita Kilcullen

    This article prompted me to send a short letter to my son, Captain in the United States Marine Corps.

    My dear son,

    Just a couple of more weeks until you are out from underneath the policies and decay from this dishonorable Commander-in-Chief (ad nauseam) and his loathsome, disreputable administration.

    It has been difficult to remain quiet about this CIC while you are serving, as I stand-by and watch our military and Country fall. I will forever remain proud that you served.

    Love,

    Mom

  • Thomas W Briggs Sr

    Is this legal? I doubt congress has passed any laws regarding God in the Marine Corps. Can they mention Allah?

  • Ginger Hill

    Congrats on the Deputy for standing his ground!! That is a definite infringement on his (& the youngsters') constitutional rights!! Another attempt at destroying our constitution!!

    • Bettye Moore

      May God bless this deputy and this young Marine for standing their ground against our governmnt, which should be ashamed of themselves. One day, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess the God that we Christians worship and love.

  • Roe

    Can you receive the funds if you mention Allah?

  • Terri L. Adams

    My check is in the mail.

    Donations may be sent to:

    Bossier County Sherriff's Office

    Young Marine's Program

    PO Box 850

    Benton, LA 71006

    • Juan reyes

      Thank you Terri!!!

  • Juan reyes

    Where can I send my donations!!??? God, Country, and Corps!! Semper Fidelis!!!