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    Should a state governor be able to post a Bible verse on his twitter or facebook feed?

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes he can do all things through Christ, but an atheist group charges that he cannot do all things through Christ on his official social media platforms.

    The Freedom From Religion Foundation has demanded Walker remove posts from his official Facebook and Twitter feeds that read, ?Philippians 4:13.?

    ?I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,? the verse reads.

    The atheist outrage over the governor?s beliefs seems almost unbelievable.
    ?This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,? FFRF co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Baker wrote in a letter to the governor. ?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 a duly elected civil servant.?

    They accused the governor of misusing his authority to ?promote not just religion over non-religion, but one religion over another in a manner that makes many Wisconsin citizens uncomfortable.?

    The atheist outrage over the governor?s beliefs seems almost unbelievable.

    I reached out to Walker?s office, and his staff told me the governor has absolutely no plans to remove anything.

    ?Governor Walker will not remove the post on his social media,? press secretary Laurel Patrick told me. ?The verse was part of a devotional he read that morning, which inspired him, and he chose to share it.?

    I can?t seem to recall a tweet generating such histrionics from an atheist group. Normally, they reserve that sort of faux fury for the Baby Jesus or a high school football prayer.

    The FFRF said Walker has a responsibility to ?uphold the entirely godless and secular U.S. Constitution.?

    ?It is improper for a state employee, much less for the chief executive officer of the state, to use the machinery of the State of Wisconsin to promote personal religious views,? they wrote.
    The governor?s office clearly disagrees.

    ?While he frequently uses his social media to engage with Wisconsinites on matters of public policy, he also uses it to give them a sense of who he is,? Patrick said. ?This does just that ? it was a reflection of his thoughts for the day.?

    So in that spirit, here?s my thought for the day. Perhaps the next time the FFRF finds itself aggrieved it could post its outrage on Facebook or Twitter. I?m sure there?s an emoticon to express disbelief.
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    On his personal FB or Twitter, it would be fine. I agree with FFRF that he should keep his personal religious beliefs off of his official government FB or Twitter accounts. Government is supposed to be religion-neutral.
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    So it is ok for the President to say something about God but not for a governor?

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Please, everyone have a seat. Giving all praise and honor to God, who brought us here this morning.
    Remarks by the President at National Prayer Breakfast | The White House

    There are MANY examples of Presidents expressing their faith.
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    Holding public office does not strip you of the right to be a religious person. He should be allowed to post whatever he wants on his FB. Now, that might mean that some people might not vote for him again, but he should be able to post whatever he wants on his own personal FB or Twitter.

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    I have to say... I don't see an official saying they get strength from their faith as the govt promoting a faith, no matter when/where it's said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    So it is ok for the President to say something about God but not for a governor?



    Remarks by the President at National Prayer Breakfast | The White House

    There are MANY examples of Presidents expressing their faith.
    I would expect God to be mentioned at a Prayer Breakfast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    I would expect God to be mentioned at a Prayer Breakfast.
    I would too. Just like I would expect Gov. Walker might want to share something that meant something to him that he read that morning. Elected officials don't stop being people.
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    He can share that on his personal feed, just as he can share what he had for breakfast and how his bowel movements are doing on his new diet and cute pics of cats he found on the internet. That stuff doesn't belong on his official government feed because it's inappropriate, just as quoting a bible verse is. Being elected doesn't stop him from being faithful, but he should be more mindful of where he's expressing his faith. That's what his personal feed is for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    He can share that on his personal feed, just as he can share what he had for breakfast and how his bowel movements are doing on his new diet and cute pics of cats he found on the internet. That stuff doesn't belong on his official government feed because it's inappropriate, just as quoting a bible verse is. Being elected doesn't stop him from being faithful, but he should be more mindful of where he's expressing his faith. That's what his personal feed is for.
    If a political figure had a religious belief that was shaping his decisions I would want to know that. Not to have him hide it. The same goes for if he was elected specifically because he was religious, it would be foolish to start pretending that he is not religious just because he is in office. The exception would be when he is speaking "As" the Governor. An example would be saying "The State of Virginia would like you to know that God loves you" would not be ok in my opinion.

    For example, Pres. Bush saying after 9/11 "God bless us all", yes that is a religious statement, but there is nothing whatsoever wrong with him saying it. Being an elected official does not make you have to all of the sudden be non religious.

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    I don't see what the big deal is. It's certainly not "threatening"!
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