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-Obama Administration Defunds Youth Programs That Mention God

by Dr. D ~ June 26th, 2013

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The Obama administration continued its assault upon religious liberty in America by recently defunding several youth programs that featured references to God and sponsored voluntary prayer. Here’s the story from Todd Starnes of Fox News:

Julian Whittington, the sheriff of Bossier Parish, La., told Fox News the Department of Justice Office of Civil Rights defunded $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.” …

Fox News obtained an email written by an attorney for the DOJ’s Office of Civil Rights raised questions about references to God and church along with the phrase “love of God.” The attorney also raised questions about one of the five elements of the Young Marines Creed – “Keep myself clean in mind by attending the church of my faith.”  …

The sheriff was told he would not be given any money unless he wrote a letter pledging not to pray or use the word “God.”

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Response: I come back from vacation and there is so many stories about this administration challenging religious  freedom in America that I don’t even know where to begin. However this story is a poignant demonstration of the real and present assault and continuing danger to the freedom of religion in the public square that we face in the final years of Obama’s presidency.

This policy reflects the continuing goal of this administration to re-interpret the First Amendment rights to religious freedom to be guaranteed only within the four walls of a house of worship.              *Top

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