“The [spiritually ignorant] fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed repulsive and unspeakable deeds;
There is no one who does good.” – Psalm 14:1 AMP
No matter what your opinions are of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, it’s hard for a person who values a faith in the Almighty God to hear the senator speak of his personal faith and not be moved.
Honestly, it was after hearing the senator’s views on faith that I was convinced to support his run for the presidency, once Rick Perry had dropped.
And please withhold your Gang of 8 protestations. I don’t care about policy as much as I care about character. Policy is fleeting. It’s something that can be tweaked, or manipulated, based on circumstances. Character is ingrained.
For some time now, Rubio’s Twitter feed has featured daily verses of Scripture. Apparently, the stampy-footed, perpetually aghast atheists are demanding that the man censor his own Twitter account, in order to accommodate their worldview.
I guess nobody has explained to them “unfollow” or the mute feature.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for strict adherence to separation of church and state and has over 1,400 members in Florida, sent the 46-year-old 2016 presidential candidate a demand letter on Tuesday to complain about an increase in Rubio’s Bible-themed tweets since May.
“We understand that you have been tweeting Bible verses from @MarcoRubio to nearly 3 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,” the letter, written by FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel, reads.
“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.”
This guy, Seidel, is pushing that the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment should prevent Rubio from tweeting Scripture, presumably, because he, in his capacity as a U.S. senator, is promoting one religious text over another, or religion over “non-religion.”
Go back and read the entirety of the First Amendment, again, dude. It’s freedom OF religion, not FROM religion. And I dare say, a senator tweeting Bible verses is not the same as Congress establishing a national religion. I’d gamble a guess that there would be a lot more involved than just that, if establishing a national religion were the goal.
Seidel further amplified the crazed notions of the pagans he represents:
He cited a ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year in striking down President Trump’s proposed travel ban that found tweets on the president’s Twitter feed are considered “official statements by the President of the United States.”
Except Trump is president, and he was attempting to enact policy. Rubio is not offering commentary behind the verses he posts. He lets them stand, alone.
“[W]e see no legal reason to treat your Twitter feed differently,” Seidel says in the letter to Rubio.
Then maybe you should look closer, and maybe take a few refresher courses in Constitutional law.
“In this instance, by tying your government title to a social media page, you have intimately entwined your official position with the messages you send on that platform, creating the appearance of official endorsement,” the letter states.
Not official, Sparky. Personal, and that’s his right. He just took a job. He didn’t give up his rights, as a citizen of this nation.
Seidel also cited a federal court ruling in Davison v. Loudoun County Board of Supervisors that found that a public official couldn’t block a constituent from her Facebook page.
“Partly because of the power and influence of [social media] accounts, the private social media accounts of people who assume government office can become accounts that speak for the government, unless these officers carefully distinguish their public and private roles,” the letter continues.
Please refer to my previous statements about “unfollow” and mute. He shouldn’t have to block anyone. If you’re that upset, stop following his account.
But we know that’s not the problem, at all. If these atheists were to stop following, the live-and-let-live approach, it means they would be acknowledging the rights of others to believe and speak freely of their beliefs.
This isn’t about the Constitution, or rights. This is about their own desire to do what they claim Christians are doing – force their ideology on society.
“The @MarcoRubio account has not been scrupulous or thorough in this regard. It regularly, indeed mostly, transmits official statements and would be considered government speech. Citizens cannot be expected to discern the difference between an official government statement and a private statement when the source of those statements has not itself bothered to make the distinction clear.”
You may think the citizens are mindless and need your guidance, but then, they may hold themselves in higher regard. Maybe let them decide for themselves. Most of them know about unfollow. You could take a few lessons.
Seidel went on to give two “solutions” to what he and his fellow pagans see as a problem: Rubio can either cease posting Bible verses, or he can remove the word “official” from his @marcorubio account and keep it personal, while official business is carried out from the @SenRubioPress account.
And yes, he could do that.
He could, but he shouldn’t have to. In fact, he doesn’t have to.
“Lawsuits to vindicate the rights of constituents regarding the social media accounts of government officials and the government have been successful,” Seidel wrote. “The ACLU has sued three cities in Indiana, Maine Governor Paul LePage, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan over social media accounts. San Mateo, California, was sued and settled. Honolulu forked over $31,000 in attorneys’ fees for deleting comments from Facebook. San Diego also paid attorneys fees. And of course, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University has sued President Trump for blocking constituents.”
Sounds like a threat, and one I hope Senator Rubio laughs at. For starters, he’s not blocking anyone.
Also, why bring up a frivolous lawsuit by those who want to sue President Trump for blocking them?
The simple answer is that the kooks from FFRF are bullies, attempting to force their will on others, with no regard for the freedoms of Christians.
The more complex answer speaks to the heart of the wicked, the moral decay of the end times and the coming of the King of Glory.
I’ll get into that at some later date.
For now, I’ll just share Senator Rubio’s Bible verse tweeted out this morning:
“Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me;
I will pay the man back for his deed.” – Proverbs 24:29 AMP