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Scott Walker Says He Won't Cave to Atheists' Demand to Pull Bible Verse

"The verse was part of a devotional he read that morning, which inspired him, and he chose to share it."

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 29: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker watches as Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC, which is scheduled to conclude August 30.Credit: Getty Images

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ® will not comply with an atheist group's request that he remove a Bible verse from his official Facebook and Twitter accounts, his spokeswoman told TheBlaze.

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 29:  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker watches as Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC, which is scheduled to conclude August 30.Credit: Getty Images Getty Images

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

Patrick said Walker's social media accounts are frequently used "to engage with Wisconsinites on matters of public policy" as well as to give constituents "a sense of who he is."

She said the scripture reference he posted on March 16 was simply "a reflection of his thoughts for the day."

Walker's response came after the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote him a letter this week asking that he delete the message, which read simply, “Philippians 4:13,” from his official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The popular New Testament Bible verse reads, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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Freedom From Religion Foundation co-president Dan Barker told TheBlaze Friday that while he finds the posting of the Bible verse both "rude" and "arrogant," his group likely won't sue over it.

"We're still complaining about it, but we can't do anything more than complain," Barker said. "We think it's inappropriate for him to use his official page to promote his view."

Image source: Gov. Scott Walker/Facebook Image source: Gov. Scott Walker/Facebook

Barker said that the Freedom From Religion Foundation might take definitive action if Walker decided to post Bible messages on a more regular basis, but that in this case they will likely "look the other way."

"We're not going to take any legal action on one abuse," he said. "And it is an abuse -- and he should know it's one."

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