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Published On: Tue, Aug 29th, 2017

Wisconsin’s atheist group, media attacks Marco Rubio over Biblical tweets, ‘oddly terrifying’

A Wisconsin-based atheist group claims Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is violating the Constitution when he tweets passages from the Bible. The liberal leaning media has piled on, attacking the behavior as “unsettling” and “terrifying.”

Rubio, an open Catholic, has tweeted Bible verses to his nearly three million followers since the Spring, tweeting direct quotes from 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.”

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Jennifer Rubin, a columnist for The Washington Post, tweeted: “Either he was hacked or he’s totally lost it.”

A writer at ShareBlue Media described Rubio’s actions as “unsettling” and a liberal contributor to Esquire referred to the tweets as “oddly terrifying.”

“GOP Senator @marcorubio is tweeting out Bible verses this morning, and it’s…unsettling: pic.twitter.com/vaYpWmVJHg“– @leahmcelrath

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, 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.”

Read the rest of the letter here

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