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Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington is sticking to his guns not to receive federal funding for one of his department's programs. Sheriff Whittington says a letter from the Department of Justice is infringing on his religious freedoms. He says he was appalled when he received that letter from the federal government asking him to remove prayer from his Young Marine Program. The Justice Department stated any mention of "God" or any "voluntary prayers" can no longer be a part of this program, if they wish to continue receiving the $30,000 in funding from the federal government. The Sheriff says there is no compromising on this issue, either the program runs as designed or they'll find funding else where. After news about the incident reached Baton Rouge, Senator Barrow Peacock decided to take action. He crafted Senate Resolution 192 that passed unanimously in the senate. The Sheriff also received support from members of the local clergy. At this time the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office has been denied the funding for the program. But the Sheriff says they have enough local supporters to keep the program running for a new class of recruits starting up next week. Since 2002 the Bossier Parish Sheriff Office has successfully administered the Young Marines Program. Sanctioned by the U. S. Marine Corps, the Young Marines Program provides community-based program for young men and women between the ages of 8 to 18  that's designed to teach character building with the core values of discipline, leadership, teamwork and commitment. 


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