Atheist group’s letter quotes the Bible, threatens to sue Rubio for tweeting Bible verses

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An anti-religion organization sent an email to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) demanding him to stop posting bible verses to Twitter.

But ironically, the atheist foundation used Bible verses to attack the senator.

“If the law and your oath to uphold the Constitution are not sufficient to convince you to stop, perhaps you might consider reading Matthew 6:5-6, in which Jesus condemns public prayer as hypocrisy in his Sermon on the Mount,” The Freedom From Religion Foundation said in their email.

The Foundation accused Rubio of violating the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, which says lawmakers ‘shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’

Senator Rubio’s Twitter account, which has almost three million followers, is often used as a platform to send political messages the FFRF says. The group argues that since the page is used as a platform for political messaging, the biblical scripture posts to the account act as endorsements of Christianity.

The email continually referenced the Bible and Jesus in the six-page complaint that demands the Senator stop mentioning his religion on Twitter.

“None of Jesus’s supposed words mentions Twitter— perhaps he wasn’t that prescient—but the condemnation of public piety is reasonably clear,” the FFRF said.

The atheist organization claimed that they had received complaints about his Biblical tweets from ‘several concerned citizens, including Floridians.’ The group continued to hit the Senator at home saying they have a base of 1,400 members in Florida, and a state chapter all who disagree with his religious posts. The emailed listed every Biblical tweet that Rubio has posted since May, totaling more than 60 tweets.

“This is not an errant bible verse or two, but more than 60 bible verses in three months. That’s enough verses to tweet the entire Book of Jude. Twice,” The FFRF said.

Three solutions were offered to the Senator that the group would find satisfactory. First, that Rubio stops tweeting about religion on his social media. Secondly, if he wants to continue his religious postings they advised him to change his @marcorubio account to a personal account by removing his “Senator” title from his bio, and by no longer posting political messages. Another solution offered by the foundation was filing a lawsuit against the Florida Senator.

The former 2016 presidential candidate was very open about his faith on the campaign trail. The Senator, as a child, left Mormonism for Catholicism. During the 2016 campaign, Rubio admitted that the responsibilities in his political career distanced him from the church for a while in the early 2000’s but said he now attends mass with his family every Sunday. Red Alert Politics has reached out to Sen. Rubio’s office for a statement on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s email.


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