The nation’s largest atheist organization is demanding that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., stop tweeting Bible verses from his Twitter account, telling him that doing so is a violation of the United States Constitution.
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.”
Seidel argues that the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution means that government can’t “promote one religious book over others or promote religion over nonreligion.” Seidel contends that this clause also means that public officials cannot “appear to endorse Christianity.”
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.”
“[W]e see no legal reason to treat your Twitter feed differently,” Seidel says in the letter to Rubio.
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