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Bossier Sheriff's Office to hold "In God We Trust" rally

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BOSSIER PARISH, La. -

The Bossier Sheriff's Office is urging the public to show their support at the "In God We Trust" rally on Thursday, July 4 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Viking Drive Substation. Supporters will be able to sign a pledge showing their support for the "In God We Trust" campaign.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington has taken a stand against the federal government for denying the Sheriff's Office federal grant funding for their youth programs, Young Marines and Youth Diversion, because of the mention of God and voluntary prayer in the programs. Sheriff Whittington has made it clear that he will not remove God nor voluntary prayer from either program.

There will be a live radio broadcast at the "In God We Trust" rally, and American flags will be available to show your patriotism. There will also be hot dogs and drinks for all.

"We are holding the "In God We Trust" rally because this issue is about as close to home as it gets," said Sheriff Whittington. "It's a direct attempt to try to influence what we do right here at home, and we want to send a message to Washington, D.C…. This is a wake-up call, and it's our time to stand and say, ‘In God We Trust'."

Sheriff Whittington has received hundreds of phone calls and letters from individuals, groups and churches showing their support for the Sheriff's stance, and many have sent money and started fundraiser's. Although the Bossier Sheriff's Office doesn't solicit funds from the public, Sheriff Whittington expresses his gratitude and will accept public support. If you wish to donate, please contact the Bossier Sheriff's Office at 318-965-3411 or write to Bossier Sheriff's Office, ATTN: Young Marines/Youth Diversion, P.O. Box 850, Benton, LA 71006.

"I am tremendously grateful to the people who have offered up their support of our young people and the shared disbelief over an objection to even the mere mention of God in our youth programs," Sheriff Whittington said. "The Young Marines program is such a positive influence on the lives of our young men and women, and about 1,000 recruits have graduated from the program over the past decade. Our newly-formed Youth Diversion is another tremendous program that will steer young men and women down a positive road so that they, too, can become productive citizens in our communities."

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