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Today Senator Mary Landrieu, introduced the Freedom to Pray Act, which will prohibit the federal government from withholding or revoking funds to programs whose participants engage in voluntary religious activities. About three weeks ago Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington withdrew his application for funding from the Department of Justice after an audit stated an obligation chant by the Young Marines program is prohibited by law. The DOJ says voluntary prayer and the mention of God in the program is illegal and unconstitutional. Senator Landrieu says this is a problem she's been working on for about a year. "Bossier funding has been threatened and I'm going to do everything I can to secure the funding for them and anybody else that's been forced to sign such a pledge that they will not mention the name of God or pray it's not constitutional," Senator Landrieu said. She believes the bill will get the support it needs to pass. Sheriff Whittington issued this statement after hearing about the bill. "I became aware today of the act proposed by sen. Mary Landrieu to resolve the problem so that the Young Marines program can continue to receive federal funding, and I'm appreciative of any help we can get. I would like to thank all national, state and local elected officials who have vowed to restore funding of our very successful Young Marines Program."
 

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