Feds Establishing Religion? DOJ Defunds “Young Marines” That Reference God

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.

Todd Starnes reported for Fox News Radio:    

"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."

The DOJ and the Office of Civil Rights are aware of the controversy but did not return phone calls seeking comment.

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 attorney advised that DOJ rules prohibit "funding on inherently religious activities, such as prayer, religious instruction and proselytization.

"And any religious activities must be kept separate in time or location from DOJ-funded     activities," the attorney wrote.

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."

"I flat said, 'It's not going to happen,'" he said. "Enough is enough. This is the United States of America – and the idea that the mere mention of God or voluntary prayer is prohibited is ridiculous."

The sheriff said the programs have been in place for at least ten years and until now – the prayers and the mention of God have never been an issue.

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."

Whittington said he could not understand why the federal government would take issue with the oath or the prayers.

Sheriff Whittington stated it was not the money but the principle involved and questioned who is dictating what can and cannot be said. In a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal, Whittington defended his decision not to compromise. While Gov. Jindal has yet to respond, Rep. John Fleming, R-LA, told Fox News he is very concerned about the defunding stating, "There is a very wide effort coming out of the administration that seeks to stamp out freedom of expressions – particularly religion and especially freedom of Christian expression … they (DOJ) don't want anything to have any sort of religious support – even down to prayer. It's sad and it's inconsistent with the intentions of the framers of the Constitution."

Now, I want to make sure I get this correct: Muslims are allowed prayer during school in Washington, DC, the Supreme Court has ruled numerous times opposing prayer in schools, US Attorney Bill Killian and FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Knoxville Division Kenneth Moore descended on Manchester, Tennessee to inform citizens inflammatory speech against Muslims is punishable by law,
references to jihad or Islam were removed from government training manuals and replaced with Christian extremist as perpetrators of terrorism – now, organizations who use the word God and allow prayer will not receive funding from the DOJ. This sounds like an establishment of religion to me without an "official" legislation from Congress.

It's funny the Supreme Court would rule that any religious activity in schools could be considered an establishment of religion prohibited by the First Amendment, to include handing out sign-up sheets for after-school bible study, but Muslims are allowed to have prayer during school and Christians are now cited as terrorists. But wait, that's not all, with your continued restrictions on liberty, we are going to curb speech and not give you money for your activities unless you comply with what we say. No matter how you slice and dice it, this administration has become the Ginsu knife of liberty – it chops any and every freedom for all Americans but still remains sharp to provide Constitutional protection of special religious groups and government officials.

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.

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About Suzanne Hamner
Suzanne Hamner (pen name) is a registered nurse, grandmother of 4, and a political independent residing in the state of Georgia, who is trying to mobilize the Christian community in her area to stand up and speak out against tyrannical government, invasion by totalitarian political systems masquerading as religion and get back to the basics of education.

24 thoughts on “Feds Establishing Religion? DOJ Defunds “Young Marines” That Reference God

  1. There must be a bunch of dirty liberals. The democrat party contains plenty of fruits.

  2. "Whittington said he could not understand why the federal government would take issue with the oath or the prayers".

    And THAT is what's wrong with our country! Too many people in authoritative positions around this country will not see this administration for what it really believes and what it desires this nation to be.

    Don't judge zero by what he says he's going to do. Judge him by what he actually does. Anyone who has done that knows that he is intentionally destroying this country because he doesn't like it as it was founded to be, but for what it could be if he gets his way.

    He is following the playbook used by the worlds worst dictators who've assumed complete control of a country and ruled with an iron fist.

    This was not an issue with the DOJ when it was started 10 years ago because then the POTUS and the Att. Gen. DIDN'T HATE THIS COUNTRY! The current POTUS and Eric Holder DO HATE THIS COUNTRY AND IT'S WHITE POPULATION!

    They've been in overdrive with their attacks on the basic foundations of this country from the day zero was sworn in.

    And now he's sending U.S. troops to Egypt so they can support the Muslim Brotherhood in their crushing of the civilian protestors who want freedom, not Sharia Law. Freedom, not tyranny. Freedom!

    John Kennedy said we'd defend freedom around the world at any cost.

    zero has sided with the dictatorial and authoritative regimes against the freedom seeking protestors every time he's had a chance.

  3. Is the doling out of government monies no longer the responsibility of the U.S. Congress, I was unaware the DOJ and other agencies had the power to access and administer money as they see fit?! Another example is this atrocious Amnesty Act just presented by the 8 CLOWNS, and passed by the Senate. This Act is loaded with hidden taxes that have been ENACTED by the Senate, this is an illegal act, the Senate in not empowered to enact a tax. The Congress should by law stop this Act with a Blue-slip and be done with it once and for all! The laws and power to save America are available, we just pressure Congress to use them!

  4. Let us unite in prayer for theUSA 6/30/2013.We can undo the harm this ungodly administration is doing to our"Nation under God" by praying with all our hearts and with real intent that He will help our efforts to SAVE OUR NATION!!

  5. actually
    the "oath" that they put in that article left out one important word when
    the article said upon god the OBLIGATION actually goes upon MY god not
    referring to any particular religion because almost all religions have a
    god of some sort except atheists so the fact that they cut the funding
    for the young marines there is bull crap and it should not have been cut
    i know for a fact that the obligation says that because I have it
    memorized and I double checked my guide book just to make sure

    • I forgot to mention that I'm a young marine not from that unit but still a young marine and proud of it

  6. John Patriot says:

    Muzlums don't believe in Karma but it gets them anyway thanks to the Marine Corps.

  7. Dempseycoleman says:

    This Darn Criminal Admiistration Teas me off more and more ever day.

  8. The US government is being controlled by Muslims. You have Obama and Holder ruling our country by trying to instill a Muslim form of government here. Wake up Americans. The sheeple must rise up and throw them out of office or we are doomed. Do not vote for any Muslim, socialist, or Democrat; they are one and the same.

  9. All Loyal Subjects of the Great Black Fatherr and the current Regime in Washington know that the only religion they, the Loyal Subjects need is the Government, or whatever the Feral Government decides to declare as the National Religion! Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition that I am not a Loyal Subject!

  10. This much is certain, Darwinism has become the official STATE Sanctioned RELIGION of Liberal communists.

  11. Hope the American people who voted for this Fraud/Muslim Plant are proud of their voting.They should be ashamed and to blame for this destruction.

  12. Why is the DOJ spending our money on things that is his responsibility and leave normel things to the states leave us alone.

  13. The US government, and in particular, this Hussein Obama administration, is the ultimate terrorist. Terrorists, like bullies, need one thing and one thing only: stand up to them and give them a bloody nose, literally and figuratively. Christ drove out the money-lenders--that was His separation of church and state. Now it's time to drive out the perverts, predators, and polemics.

  14. John Julian says:

    "An Act for Establishing the Government of the Armies"
    It is earnestly recommended to all officers and soldiers diligently to attend Divine Service; and all officers who shall behave indecently or irreverently ay any place of Divine worship shall, if commissioned officers, be brought before a general court martial, there to be publicly and severely reprimanded by the President; if non- commissioned officers or soldiers, every person so offending shall be fined. (1806)
    Thomas Jefferson

    THIS is the basis for establishing the military. It is NOT Unconstitutional, rather "CONGRESS" shall make no law. Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Madison all agreed. There were 3 church services in the capitol buildings on any given Sunday starting in 1800 under Adams and continue by Jefferson - The Hall of the House, The War Dept an the Treasury Dept. Jefferson also start services in the Rotunda.

    How far we have come - DOWN - in 200 years.

    BTW - If you search for this on Google, it is difficult to find! (Not surprising!) But these are in the Library of Congress. Check for yourself.

  15. the little brother says:

    “The First Amendment, and its statutory corollary the RFRA, endow upon
    the citizens of the United States the unalienable right to exercise
    religion, and that right is not relinquished by efforts to engage in
    free enterprise under the corporate form. No legislative, executive, or
    judicial officer shall corrupt the Framers’ initial expression, through
    their enactment of laws, enforcement of those laws, or more importantly,
    their interpretation of those laws. And any action that
    debases, or cheapens, the intrinsic value of the tenet of religious
    tolerance that is entrenched in the Constitution cannot stand.”


    • Please remember , the little brother, rights come from God and the Constitution is there to limit the powers of civil government. God endowed us with the unalienable right to the freedoms of which we speak. When looking to the Constitution to "endow" rights, one is basically saying "man gives rights" which means "man can take it away." Rights given by God cannot be taken away by man. Law, rules and policy can be made to inhibit those rights but they are not taken away as long as we realize the Constitution "restricts" government, not people, and government should be looking to the Constitution to check the enumerated powers "it" was given as the creature the people created.

  16. the little brother says:

    America, it's time to realise that until every Christian heart is truly returned to the Lord, every knee bent in prayers of deep contrition & atonement for our sins & the sins of this once great Nation committed against God's children, God's creatures & God's creation, ... then & only then will the Lord deliver us from all evil.

    The solution does not lie in a massive phone-in, protest, or blog-posts. The only deliverance from the gates of hell unleashed upon us & the whole world is in Face to face prayer before Christ Jesus.


    the barometer of how many Americans are praying & fasting for GOD to SAVE AMERICA is evidenced by what goes on around you....the devil is working to crush the last of the truly Faithful.

    Crux sacra sit mihi lux!
    Nunquam draco sit mihi dux!
    Vade retro Satana!
    Nunquam suade mihi vana!
    Sunt mala quae libas.
    Ipse venena bibas!

    Stop talking. Start praying. We are seconds from the abyss.

    • Amen...God is, has always been, and always will be the answer. He wants us to acknowledge and honor Him in good times and bad. Now is a great time to start America. If we turn our face towards Him and obey his Word He will restore our land and us. I strongly recommend everrome read Deuteronomy chapter 28...we can phone, write, visit, and curse our representatives but it will do no good...turn your face to God...pray for our country...pray for our representatives...pray that God will forgive the sins our country is committing...blessings to you all...

  17. Greg Burton says:

    Just another step in the destruction of the major ecclesiastical institutions of the world, the elevation of the occult as the world's religion, the religion of the globalist elite.

  18. My statments are not a slam against Muslims . Read the coran for your self.you owe this to yourself and your children/your future !

  19. The truth about this mess is that the Muslims are applying the steps of jihad .We are entering step three .The step where they remove any one or thing that does not declare allah the one and only true god.Christians the almighty is not a pacifist . He said love your brother as your self . Well would you let any one tell your brother /sister they cannot warship the Almighty..Then you shouldn't let them tell you or your children not to warship him.We care under attack a full on assault on the American way of life .Stand and fight .remember the song onward Christian soldiers you sang as a youth. Well now's the time to be a real Christian soldier .Fight with any means at your hand. YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT.