Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) continues to face backlash for sharing daily Bible verses on Twitter, and this time, the largest atheist organization in America is trying to hit the Christian senator where it hurts.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist group, on Tuesday attacked Rubio's outpouring of love for God, Jesus, and the Bible in an open letter, and called for the senator to stop sharing his faith in a public manner. The organization has publicly condemned Rubio for sharing Bible verses on his Twitter page.
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A portion of the letter from the foundation to Rubio read:
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.
To remedy Rubio's "infractions," the group suggested one of two options: Rubio should either stop quoting Scripture on his personal Twitter account or purge all mentions of the fact that he holds a publicly elected office as a U.S. senator on the same Twitter page.
Currently in the United States, people are fighting for their rights to express their beliefs, whether they be cultural, racial, historical, familial, sexual, or gender-related.
There is a one-size-fits-all solution to this issue, and it's in practicing the constitutionally protected inalienable right as mentioned in the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
If Rubio can't share his faith — something that's clearly important to him — simply because he holds a public office, then what's next for our society?
The bottom line is that if you don't want to publicly proclaim the word of God, that's fine — but don't try to stop others from doing it themselves. Either censor all speech, or censor no speech.