Atheist Activist Group Asks Sen. Marco Rubio to Stop Tweeting Bible Verses on Govt.-Related Account

WASHINGTON — A prominent professing atheist group has sent a letter to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, urging him to stop sharing Bible verses on his official Twitter account, which they say violates the separation of Church and State.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent the letter on Aug. 22, noting that Rubio has tweeted over 60 Scriptures in the past three months. It asserted Rubio is violating the Constitution since he is posting the messages on what the group perceives as being a government-related account, not a private and personal account focusing on his home and family life.

“[I]t is not for the government in our secular republic to promote one religious book over others or to promote religion over nonreligion. Doing so violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution,” wrote FFRF’s director of strategic response, Andrew Seidel.

“When it comes to violations of the Establishment Clause, i.e., the government endorsing religion, appearances matter. Government officials cannot appear to endorse Christianity,” he asserted. “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.”

Even though Rubio has a separate press office account, FFRF believes the @MarcoRubio account can still be considered a government-related account because “the Bible tweets appear to be tied to your identity as a government actor and were facilitated by the apparent authority of that office. The tweets arise out of public, not personal, circumstances. The account is used to keep constituents informed of the activities of Marco Rubio the senator, not Marco Rubio the private citizen and family man.”

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. John 14:27,” Rubio, a Roman Catholic, tweeted on May 16.

“The eyes of the Lord watch over the knowledgeable, but He defeats the projects of the faithless. Proverbs 22:12,”  he shared on June 22.

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“As face mirrors face in water, so the heart reflects the person. Proverbs 27:19,” he tweeted on July 27.

FFRF is therefore asking Rubio to stop tweeting Bible verses and to delete the Scriptures that he has posted thus far. If he does not wish to do so, the group said, then he should rather remove any government affiliation with the account.

“The simplest solution is to stop tweeting Bible verses or any other religious endorsements and delete those previously tweeted. If you cannot refrain from using social media to promote your personal religion, then all traces of the public office should be removed from the @MarcoRubio account,” Seidel stated.

He claimed that Jesus told Christians not to engage in public prayer and that the prohibition also relates to “public piety.”

“If the law and your oath to uphold the Constitution are not sufficient to convince you to stop, perhaps you might consider reading Matthew 6:5-6, in which Jesus condemns public prayer as hypocrisy in his Sermon on the Mount,” FFRF contended. “None of Jesus’s supposed words mentions Twitter—perhaps he wasn’t that prescient—but the condemnation of public piety is reasonably clear.”

Rubio appears to have decided to ignore FFRF as he continues to post Scripture to the account, even to this day.

On March 23, 1798, John Adams, the second president of the United States called for a day of national repentance, prayer and fasting.

“[T]he safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and the blessing of Almighty God, and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety without which social happiness cannot exist nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed,” he wrote.

James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, similarly called for a national day of prayer on July 9, 1812.

“I do therefore recommend the third Thursday in August next as a convenient day to be set apart for the devout purposes of rendering the Sovereign of the universe and the Benefactor of mankind the public homage due to His holy attributes; of acknowledging the transgressions which might justly provoke the manifestations of His divine displeasure; of seeking His merciful forgiveness and His assistance in the great duties of repentance…”

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  • bowie1

    Is this a government account or his personal one since it does not show his office of senator.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      what difference does it make … if he is a senator then he is the government and he needs to SHUT HIS TWITTING FACE – BOOK …… /Sarc off ….. (see what i did there) …..

    • nineleven

      it makes no difference. just because you are a public official, there is no law against expressing your religious opinion.

  • bwgirl

    “[I]t is not for the government in our secular republic to promote one religious book over others or to promote religion over nonreligion. Doing so violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution,” wrote FFRF’s director of strategic response, Andrew Seidel.

    We do NOT have a SECULAR REPUBLIC!

    Reckon this guy hasn’t read the Declaration of Independence in his entire life, or he is so blinded he just didn’t understand it.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    THAT is what made this country great! THAT is why people come here! The rights given to us by our Creator cannot be taken away by Government, which didn’t give us the rights in the first place.

    And regardless of the fact that our Government isn’t supposed to ESTABLISH a religion (which is what the establishment clause actually means), The ANTICHRIST influences have already established an illegal religion. It’s NEW AGE. It’s Environmentalism. It’s goddess worship (Mother Earth is the goddess Gaia). They designated a day to her and removed our National Day of Prayer.

    So go blather all you want. Your lies don’t wash.

    • james blue

      Except different people believe in a different creator and they all think theirs is the real one.

      We don’t have a national day of prayer? Speaking personally every day is prayer day, but are you suggesting you can’t pray without Caesar calling you to?

      • bwgirl

        Well, it is obvious that we believe in different creators. Mine is capitalized because He IS the Creator of Heaven and Earth, as understood by the founders of this nation.

        • james blue

          Everyone thinks THEIR one IS ( Atheists aside )

          • bwgirl

            I don’t think! I know! I even have history to back me up!

          • james blue

            Okay everyone KNOWS their one IS

          • bwgirl

            Mohammed is still dead! Jesus rose from the dead!

  • Reason2012

    Notice these same “atheist” activists do not write the growing number of public schools sharing quoran verses with all the kids, which shows they’re not really atheists, but posing as such only to censor Christianity piece by piece, day by day. Google public school islam and read about the growing number of cases of schools sharing quoran verses – flat out teaching all about islam – with everyone else’s kids and grandkids.

    • james blue

      Other than when they write to schools etc going after Islam, you are correct, they don’t

  • WesTexan

    Marco Rubio — never stop! Our rights are not granted by government. Our rights are given to us by God. The United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights are documents that simply recognize the fact.

  • BuckeyePhysicist

    Keep tweeting Sacred Scripture, Marco! Don’t stop!

  • InTheChurch

    Keep going Marco. That hate group does not know the difference between a private and public account. It’s their issue, not yours.

  • TruthisLove

    The First Amendment says: “CONGRESS shall make no law respecting an establishment (a particular denomination) of religion.” Marco Rubio is not CONGRESS! Congress is all 100 Senators and 435 Representatives together. Not just one Senator! It also says: CONGRESS shall make no law [that] prohibits the FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION! Marco Rubio has the total Freedom of Religion to Tweet any religion he likes to anyone he likes. He can urge people and atheists to trust Christ for the free gift of eternal life before they die and get thrown into the Lake of Fire and burning sulfur forever if he wants to. Nothing illegal about that at all. Rubio in not making any law that compels anyone to become a Christian! However, the atheists are trying to make atheism the official religion of the USA, so they are violating the Constitution.
    And the US Supreme Court has made the HOMOSEXUAL RELIGION the official religion of the USA by compelling everyone to bow down and honor it and not to outlaw it for marriage. The death style Homosexual Religion and Any Sex if Great Religion is the official religion of the USA now by the tyrannical and God hating Judges in the federal court system.

  • michael louwe

    Because the liberal Blue State governments are prohibited by the US
    Constitution to censor/shutdown Free Speech and the peaceful assembly of
    protesters, the liberals have resorted to using non-government org(= NGOs) as proxies to do the dirty work for them, eg …
    using teachers/professors to censor their students’ Freedom of Speech,
    using the FFRF atheist group to censor Senator Marco Rubio’s tweets,
    using liberal Antifa attackers/terrorists as proxies to shutdown peaceful non-liberal protest rallies and
    using their liberal tech companies in Blue States as
    proxies to censor/shutdown/silence non-liberal websites and apps, eg Cloudfare, Go
    Daddy and Google shutting down Dailystormer and Gab.

    What the liberals of the Blue State governments have been doing is not very different
    from the Iran government sending Iranian terrorists as civilian proxies
    to attack Jewish organizations and synagogues in other countries or
    the Pakistan government sponsoring Laskar e-Taiba Muslim terrorists as proxies to attack India and Indian civilians or
    China using NKorea’s Kim Jong Un as a proxy to test Western political resolve and military reactions or
    ISIS/Muslim mosques radicalising their civilian members to become Muslim
    terrorists or proxies who proceed to carry out attacks in the West.