Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington fights criticism of 'In God We Trust' Rally

Published 07/01 2014 06:14PM

Updated 07/01 2014 06:32PM

By Christian Henson

The ACLU is accusing Bossier Sheriff, Julian Whittington, of violating the separation of church and state by holding the 'In God We Trust' Rally on public property.

The first 'In God We Trust' Rally started last year as a reaction to government funding being cut to Whittington's Young Marines Program because the program included prayer.

Prayer will be a part of the rally that includes free food and drinks, music, and other activities paid for by private donors.

However, the rally is taking place on public property and that's where the a-c-l-u says the line between church and state is being crossed.

Whittington says he's not forcing religion on anyone but instead celebrating part of america's history.

"It's part of what we do. It's part of what our country was founded on. It's in our national anthem. It's on our money. It's in my oath I take as a sheriff, the last words I say are 'So help me God'. I don't know why all the sudden we need to hide or dodge or run away from it", said Whittington.

The 'In God We Trust' Rally is Friday July 4th from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Sheriff Substation on Viking Road in Bossier.

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