Should federal money pay for programs that include prayer?

There’s a debate brewing in north Louisiana:  should the federal government pay for public programs that include prayer?

The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office says the U.S. Department of Justice took away $15,000 in funding for its “Young Marines” program because it included voluntary prayer.

Senator Mary Landrieu supports the Bossier Sheriff, and now she’s introduced a bill called the “Freedom of Prayer Act” which would ban federal agencies from withholding money from organizations which allow voluntary prayer.


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