The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a disgruntled bunch of people. Not only do these despise religion, in particular Christianity, but their particular hostility that’s become an obsession has made them soft in the head.
It seems that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) committed an unpardonable atheist sin. Yes, atheists have their own list of misdeeds. One of them is, “Thou shalt not quote a Bible passage if you are a civil official.” And where do they find this law? They made it up.
Sen. Rubio has been tweeting Bible verses. The FFRF believes that this is unconstitutional, and they said so in a letter to Sen. Rubio:
We protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church, and educate the public on matters relating to nontheism.
We understand that you have been tweeting bible verses from @MarcoRubio to nearly three 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. That’s enough verses to tweet the entire Book of Jude. Twice. One of the most recent verses, tweeted during the eclipse, appears to suggest that the eclipse is the work of god, quoting Exodus 10:21.1. …
Of course, we have no issue with people reading and discussing the bible. The road to atheism is littered with bibles that have been read cover to cover. But it 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. …
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. None of Jesus’s supposed words mentions Twitter — perhaps he wasn’t that prescient — but the condemnation of public piety is reasonably clear.
First, the Constitution doesn’t say anything about the “separation between church and state.” The phrase is not found in the Constitution. The Framers could have used the phrase since it was well known.