September 5, 2020 | From The Epoch Times
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) wanted to leave no doubt about his position when the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asked him to stop putting Bible verses on his official Facebook page.
“The Freedom from Religion Foundation has demanded that I stop sharing Bible verses with you. The Left won’t bully me into canceling Christianity. Their request is denied,” Cassidy wrote in a tweet on Sept. 1.
“Our constitution says we have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion,” Cassidy said during a telephone interview with The Epoch Times from Louisiana on Sept. 2. “They want for themselves freedom from religion and therefore, cancel everybody else’s freedom of religion.” . . .
“One thing I think we have got to cancel is the cancel culture,” Cassidy said. “The idea that our fellow Americans cannot live freely because somebody is triggered by whatever, it’s just too much.”
The Louisiana Republican, who’s a medical doctor, was responding to an Aug. 14 letter he received from FFRF’s co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor.
“A concerned Louisiana resident contacted FFRF to report that every Sunday, bible verses are posted to your official government Facebook page. Please see the enclosed screenshots,” the letter states.
“We write to request that you refrain from posting messages that proselytize or endorse religion on your official government social media accounts. When a government official uses his elected office, including governmental platforms such as an official Facebook page, to promote his personal religious beliefs, he violates the spirit of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”
Barker and Gaylor head a nonprofit foundation that claims to have 32,000 members. The foundation’s purpose is “to protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church, and to educate the public on matters relating to non-theism” . . . .
“The Supreme Court has long held that the Establishment Clause ‘mandates government neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion.’ Your office violates this constitutional mandate when it proselytizes the Christian faith to all constituents, such as directing them to ‘Trust in the Lord.’”
But a top official with a Texas-based legal institute that specializes in First Amendment litigation disagreed.
“Once again, the FFRF is wrong on the law,” First Liberty Institute General Counsel Mike Berry told The Epoch Times on Sept. 2.
“Americans do not give up their religious freedom just because they are elected to office. But what is truly outrageous is that the FFRF would choose to target Senator Cassidy for expressing a message of peace and hope,” Berry said. “This proves that the FFRF is not interested in anything other than erasing the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.”
(Excerpt from The Epoch Times. Article by Mark Tapscott. Photo Credit: Getty Images.)