If a govt agency wants to ban a name, it should be ‘OBAMA’ That is a name that makes people nauseated.
It’s not (to me) about a debate about science/religion. nor about Jesus vs. another religious figure. It’s about free speech and freedom of religious expression. Good grief, a club wants to have a meeting announcement in a newsletter.
Too many people are defining freedom by what they do not allow or do not agree. The club may irritate or not irritate you — but I want to live in a country where lawyers and the government allow people to reflect their life values –even if I think those values are silly or offensive to my sensibilities.
From Fox News:
The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA.
The JSC Praise & Worship Club was directed by NASA attorneys to refrain from using the name ‘Jesus’ in club announcements that appeared in a Space Center newsletter.
“It was shocking to all of us and very frustrating,” NASA engineer Sophia Smith told me. “NASA has a long history of respecting religious speech. Why wouldn’t they allow us to put the name Jesus in the announcement about our club?”
Liberty Institute, one of the nation’s largest religious liberty law firms, threatened to file a federal lawsuit unless NASA apologizes and stops censoring the name ‘Jesus’.
The JSC Today newsletter is distributed electronically and includes a number of Space Center events – from salsa dancing lessons to soccer camp.
NASA issued a statement late Monday – that did not refute Liberty Institute’s charge.
“NASA does not prohibit the use of any specific religious names in employee newsletters or other internal communications. The agency allows a host of employee-led civic, professional, religious and other organizations to meet on NASA property on employee’s own time. Consistent with federal law, NASA attempts to balance employee’s rights to freely exercise religious beliefs with its obligation to ensure there is no government endorsement of religion. We believe in and encourage open and diverse dialogue among our employees and across the agency.”
Since 2001, employees had gathered during their lunch hour to pray and sing and read the Bible. There had been no censorship issues until last year.
To many bureaucrat types suddenly are constitution specialists and are so often just wrong. If a club that loves Jesus wants to meet — just make the announcement. If an atheist organization wishes to meet or Islam club, announce the meeting.
I don’t hate NASA –I just think some people are wired to believe the more policies the better it is. I think that they are wrong.
h/t – Fox News