WND Commenters Clueless About Atheism, Separation of Church and State

Posted: April 12, 2014 in legal / law, religion
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That subject line is a bit redundant, I know. But, such is the story from March 20, “Atheist Group Demands Guv Delete Bible Tweet.” All you really need to know is that the Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, from his official government Twitter account, tweeted “Philippians 4:13” which says something in some translations along the lines of “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Great, who cares? Right? I mean, I certainly don’t care that he thinks that, though I kinda wish that politicians didn’t believe in magic sky fairies. The problem is that it’s illegal. The Constitution’s First Amendment states that the government can make no law establishing any religion. The courts have interpreted that very consistently to mean a separation of church and state, and that a government entity cannot make even the appearance of supporting one religion over another, or advocating one over another. If Walker had done this with his private Twitter account, fine. But he didn’t.

This isn’t an issue of being offended or not, or the right to not be offended (which doesn’t exist). This is about a religious statement respecting one religion over another coming from an official government outlet.

And then of course there’s the total (and persistent) ignorance of what an atheist is, such as “isallwon”‘s comment (2nd-highest-rated): “What is an atheist except a person who believes in nothing, because he came from nothing, and will go into nothing, so from them I hear, nothing.” Sigh.

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