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Feds Establishing Religion? DOJ Defunds “Young Marines” That Reference God
Freedom Outpost ^ | June 27, 2013 | Suzanne Hamner

Posted on 06/27/2013 8:28:28 AM PDT by EXCH54FE

Yesterday, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and struck down the controversial parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Acts in narrow 5 – 4 votes in both cases bringing uproarious activities from groups both supporting and opposing these decisions. While this was happening, the sheriff of Bossier Parish, Louisiana received notice from the Department of Justice (DOJ) indicating funding from the DOJ for two youth programs would be ceased because he refused to sign a pledge to bar prayer or any mention of God at their meetings.

In a report by Fox News Radio, Sheriff Julian Whittington said the DOJ Office of Civil Rights defunded $30,000 for their Young Marines chapter as well as a youth diversion program. The federal officials objected to a student-led prayer in the youth diversion program and the mention of God in the oath recited by the Young Marines, according to Whittington. Whittington blasted the officials for what he considers “aggression and infringement of our religious freedoms” by the government.

The Young Marine’s oath that the DOJ took issue with states:

“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.”

Ironically, both the U.S. military’s commissioning oath and enlistment oath include the phrase, “So help me God.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: doj; religion
America, it is time we notified our Senator and Representatives of the sheer audacity this administration has in appearing to institute an established or preferred religion according not to the definition the framers used in the Constitution but to the definition applied to the “establishment of religion” clause issued previously by the Supreme Court in Engel v. Vitale (1962).

Here the court defined “establishment of religion” to mean “a religious activity“, “a prayer” (p.424), having public school children hear or recite a prayer that “somebody in government composed” (pp.425-427), “writing or sanctioning official prayers“(p.435), and “government endorsement of a prayer” (p.436). (Bold printing cited from Publius Huldahs’ blog)

I hate to stoop to the level of the left, but sometimes you have to get dirty to plant a seed in order to bear fruit.

1 posted on 06/27/2013 8:28:28 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
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My first reaction to the defunding of the Young Marines was also outrage. However, if this were a program established in a community whose population was Muslin--like many areas around Detroit--and the Sheriff or Chief of police was being funded by the DOJ to provide training to a group of kids being trained in accordance with what is contained in the "Holy Koran"--then my feelings would be quite different.

That's where the receipt of "Federal Funding" for programs based upon a specific set of religious principles can become more of a curse than a blessing.

Of course, given the nature of our present administration, and especially the DOJ, I do not doubt that this withdrawal of funding is meant NOT to uphold the Constitution, but to punish the Young Marines for their "intolerant" attitude toward their "fellow man"!

In short, the best defense against the "offense" of the Administration is to become less and less dependent on "the Government" for financial support. Unfortunately, this Administration--and the non "flesh and blood" powers working behind it--are well aware of the threat presented by a populace which is NOT dependent on it. That's why they are so desperate to increase our dependence on them for being so "caring" by doling out the money WE send them!

Best solution? Like you, I think it is high time to use the same "dirty" methods the Liberals use: SCARE people by showing just how "big and bad" and "mean and nasty" "Big Brother"--even Big Bro--really is! We now have a great opportunity with all the IRS scandals. So take advantage of it and use it to appeal to people's GUTS as well as their minds!

That's where we need some great AD writers, like the ones that came up with the "bear in the woods" ad for Reagan. IT WORKS!

2 posted on 06/27/2013 9:18:16 AM PDT by milagro (There is no peace in appeasement.--or one's family--)
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I wonder if it is OK to quote the Kuran?

3 posted on 06/27/2013 9:23:13 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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