Congressman John Fleming, M.D., and Senator David Vitter released the following statement as they issued a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, calling on the Department of Justice to end its religious censorship of the Bossier Parish Young Marines' Program:
"This administration knows no end to its attacks on religious freedom," said Fleming. "The Department of Justice (DOJ) is trying to pull the plug on a successful youth program in Bossier Parish because students are allowed a moment of silence in which they may choose to pray before each class. DOJ officials clearly know they're wrong in this as they're now vainly trying to deflect blame. The DOJ needs to take responsibility for its action, stop impugning the integrity of Sheriff Whittington and the Young Marines Program, and respect the First Amendment rights of the participants."
"It's deplorable that the administration is discriminating against this laudable program to help Louisiana youth just because they mention God," said Vitter. "The Department of Justice needs to take immediate action to fix this."