Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Freedom From Religion Foundation and Scott Walker Tweet

On Sunday shortly after noon, Scott Walker tweeted the following:

Scott Walker is a Christian. He tweeted the notation of a passage from the Bible, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."


From The Capital Times:

A tweet containing nothing more than a biblical chapter and verse from Gov. Scott Walker’s Twitter account Sunday has prompted a call for its removal from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

On Tuesday, the Madison-based organization, with 20,000 members nationwide including 1,300 in Wisconsin, emailed Walker alleging he, or someone in a position of authority to post, had misused the governor’s official Twitter account to promote religion.

The tweet read, "Philippians 4:13."

That refers to a Bible verse which reads, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

“This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,” read the letter from FFRF. “To say, ‘I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me,’ seems more like a threat, or the utterance of a theocratic dictator, than of a duly elected civil servant.”

...As of Tuesday afternoon, the tweet had not been removed.
Of course, Walker should not remove the tweet.

"Theocratic dictator"?

This is so ridiculous.

On Sunday, the Sabbath, the Lord's Day, Walker shared the notation for a Bible verse.

What's wrong with that? Nothing.

But according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, that notation "seems more like a threat, or the utterance of a theocratic dictator, than of a duly elected civil servant."

There's nothing threatening about a Christian TWEETING the notation of a Bible verse on Sunday.

Walker is a Christian. He gets to exercise his religion. He gets to proclaim his faith.

In no way does that tweet pose a threat to anyone.

That simple expression on Twitter by Walker, a "government official," does not "endorse the religious practices and beliefs of some citizens, [thereby] sending a clear message to nonadherents that they are outsiders or less than full members of the political community."

To suggest that Walker's tweet violates the rights of others or threatens them is crazy.

Presidents and other government officials, Democrat and Republican, quote Bible verses in their public statements. There's nothing shocking or new there.

Some of the most intolerant, insufferable people I know are atheists.