On Tuesday, the anti-Christian Freedom from Religion Foundation demanded Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker remove a tweet because it referenced a Bible verse, comparing it to the “utterance of a theocratic dictator.”
“This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,” the FFRF said. “To say, ‘I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me,’ seems more like a threat, or the utterance of a theocratic dictator, than of a duly elected civil servant.”
The tweet that caused heads to explode at the FRFF said simply: “Philippians 4:13.”
The verse reads: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJV)
But this was too much for the group.
In an email to Gov. Walker, the 20,000 member group said in part:
Naturally, the tweet attracted the usual low-information crowd:
“If you TRULY were a person who gained his strength thru Christ, you would stop stealing from the poor to pay the rich,” one person said.
“You should switch to non-fiction books,” another person added.
“Isn’t this supposed to be your official government twitter account? Whatever happened to the wall of separation?” asked “Western Union,” apparently ignorant of Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists.
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature would “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties,” Jefferson wrote.
Translation: The “wall” was intended to keep government out of religion, but ensure religious principles remain in place.
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