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:

H/T: Fox News

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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49 thoughts on “DOJ cuts funding of Young Marines program for mentioning ‘God’

  1. Barry G says:


  2. Barb L says:

    Thanks Terri, I will be sending a check in support of this program and their courageous sheriff!! Happy Independence Day everyone!!

  3. Nicole Brosnatch says:

    As a mother of two Young Mariens, I can not say enough about this orginization. They have done so much for my children in so many positive ways. I was so impressed I applied to be on staff to volunteer. These kids are so amazing and truley know what it means to have dedication and work hard. The do so much to support our veterans that are out there. Those that are on the street and homeless, our Chesty Puller Young Mariens are there for them every year at the Stand Downs we do. We give them sleeping bags, personal items, shoes, etc. We visit the Veterans in nursing homes and recognise them for their service. When they are out in the public eye they are not afraid to go up to service men or women and say, " THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY." How many Americans would even think about doing that??? Many of these children are the future protecters of this country. MY chilred will be seving you and protecting you. So before anyone criticizes these dedicated children or their orginization for some silly and childish crap. Take a look at our orginization, See what these kids do and how they really make a huge diffrence. I THANK GOD FOR THE YOUNG MARIEN PROGRAM!!! Oh and by the way never once have we prayed. It is really sad what our country has come to because we have to take GOD out of things that have been there before these self proclamed biggots came along.It has been in our Pledge of Allegiance for decades, we are AMERICANS PEOPLE!!!!!! Are we going to be changing our money next. If anyone wants to donate to these great leaders and protectors of tommorrow please contact the National Headquarters for the Chesty Puller Young Mariens. For all of you that critisize these children for doing something that will acutally make a diffrence, when we are at war and these children are giving their time and their lives to protect your ass are you going to sing a diffrent tune, two of those children out there will be MINE!

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