Atheist Organization Demands That Sen. Marco Rubio Stop Tweeting Bible Verses
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2017 Aug 24
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is demanding that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio stop tweeting out Bible verses.
The FFRF is an atheist organization that advocates for strict separation of church and state and often files lawsuits against cities, schools, and other organizations which they believe violate this separation.
According to The Christian Post, the FFRF recently sent Rubio a letter, demanding that he cease tweeting so many Bible verses.
"We understand that you have been tweeting Bible verses from @MarcoRubio to nearly 3 million followers. It appears that you began tweeting the Bible in mid-May and have been doing so regularly ever since. This is not an errant Bible verse or two, but more than 60 Bible verses in three months," FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel wrote in the letter.
Seidel went on to argue that the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution says that government can’t “promote one religious book over others or promote religion over nonreligion.” Thus, said Seidel, as a member of the U.S. government, Rubio should not be permitted to use his Twitter feed to promote Christianity.
"In this instance, by tying your government title to a social media page, you have intimately entwined your official position with the messages you send on that platform, creating the appearance of official endorsement," the letter continues.
Rubio, however, has been tweeting the Bible verses from his personal Twitter account, and not from his @SenatorRubioPress account. The FFRF, though, believes that this is an unimportant distinction.
This is not the first time Rubio has been targeted for his Bible verse tweets. Last month, Rubio was accused of tweeting Bible verses from what one commentator called "the most Republican book of the Bible," which is apparently Proverbs.
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Publication date: August, 2017