MADISON, Wisconsin, August, 25, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A Wisconsin-based atheist group claims U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is violating the Constitution when he tweets passages from the Bible.
Rubio, a Catholic, has been sharing Scripture verses with his nearly three million twitter followers on a regular basis since the spring of 2017.
His initial Bible tweets, sent out May 16, were direct quotations of John 14:27 and Proverbs 16:3 — “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid” and “Commit to the Lord whatever you do & your plans will succeed. The Lord works out everything for his own ends.”
In response to this entirely Christ-like behavior, Jennifer Rubin, a columnist for The Washington Post, tweeted: “Either he was hacked or he’s totally lost it.”
An alt-left activist working at ShareBlue Media described Rubio’s actions as “unsettling” and a liberal contributor to Esquire referred to the tweets as “oddly terrifying.”
Over the past three months, Rubio has been sharing the Word of God on Twitter with increasing frequency, posting more than 60 verses. That was enough to catch the attention of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
In an open letter published Tuesday, Andrew Seidel, the group’s director of strategic response, alleges that Rubio’s behavior is unconstitutional.
“It is not for the government in our secular republic to promote one religious book over others or to promote religion over nonreligion,” Seidel argued. “Doing so violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.”
Suggesting that comments on social media are the equivalent of establishing a theocracy, Seidel then said Rubio’s tweets were essentially state-sponsored endorsements of Christianity.
Seidel proposed that Rubio “stop tweeting Bible verses or any other religious endorsements and delete those previously tweeted.”
He also said if Rubio “cannot refrain from using social media to promote your personal religion, then all traces of the public office should be removed from the @MarcoRubio account.”
The Freedom from Religion Foundation has roughly 29,000 members, which is approximately .009 percent of the American population.