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Growing outrage against the Department of Justice after the agency pulled tens of thousands of dollars of funding for local chapter of the young Marines in Louisiana.
The reason according to one DOJ official because of voluntary student led prayers.
And of our church and the young marine.
The -- constitutional law attorney and former deputy assistant attorney general under president George W.
Bush so he knows the DOJ and an -- -- the decisions are still what make it a saner stated was initially decision made by the -- at Louisiana law enforcement commission the -- came investigated.
Back -- them up and said money for this program for these kids is gone.
-- -- -- crazy decision and it really makes you question the Obama administration's priorities -- law enforcement.
I think here you have a situation where for whatever reason.
They're public officials who are determined to exterminate any mention of god in the public square and it just doesn't make any sense it's not required by the constitution.
It's not required by the law and I think it's crazy policy.
-- the DOJ says it is they worry about mingling government money with any kind of program that's gonna mention the word got -- and part of what this.
This say young Marines -- -- -- -- other youth program involved here.
They mentioned they say they encourage kids to be involved in the -- of their faith of their choosing it doesn't say which one but just the fact that there is an encouragement being involved in religion DOJ says.
No -- right and I think that's wrong I don't think that's supported by the law and I don't think that's commanded by the constitution I suspect that there are people within either the Justice Department -- the Louisiana governor that are troubled by any mention of -- even something is innocuous is in god we trust or so help me god which are some of the most common phrases that are -- -- public officials say all the time in upholding their oath of office.
And I think you have people who might be bothered on policy grounds by the mention of god and what they've tried to do is transform their political opposition.
Into a legal objection which at least in my view completely lacks -- All right as somebody who was part of the DOJ what -- -- think about optics of this because even if they were able to argue technically on legal grounds they have a case here for stripping -- slightly from this group the sheriff there says.
This is helping kids to potentially get into trouble we we give them something positive to do.
And the DOJ has been pretty battered as of late with you know tracking reporters and doing all kinds of things.
But you know why this decision do you think that they think about the PR side of it.
Well as a very strange battle for them to choose to engage in and I think that what you have are.
People who got wind of this and because they feel passionately that they need to get rid of any program at the -- involvement in religion.
He really push this agenda hard and it's surprising to me at least as a former Justice Department official that kind of the responsible adults at the Justice Department or elsewhere in the administration.
Didn't pull back and take waited.
This is a good program benefits used it.
Builds character it strengthens law enforcement let's let it go so I think it's a very strange decision my guess is that when wiser heads and saner heads and cooler heads get involved.
I'm hopeful he'll ultimately prevail in this program's funding will be restored.
Yeah it's they have been a big rallying point you and I talked about affected -- -- -- private funding up close and to make up this gap too because now governor Jindal and others have gotten involved.
With trying to be supportive of what's happening there this year setting and very quickly he said that essentially he was told -- got to sign something that said they would not have these voluntary prayers they would not talk about guide.
Is out the constitution -- Absolutely not I -- it really is almost kind of -- stereotypes of government bureaucracy and hard headed bureaucrats demanding towing a party line which in this case is wrong unlawful and unconstitutional.
I'm hopeful that when people look at what actually happened in this case and they look at the facts they'll say this is not battle we need to fight.
We don't want to fight it wrong on the law restore the money.
All right time to free will watch sentencing me well thanks so much.
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