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Gov. Scott Walker refuses to take down religious tweet
Fox News ^ | 24 Mar 2014 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 03/24/2014 11:20:20 AM PDT by mandaladon

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes he can do all things through Christ, but an atheist group charges that he cannot do all things through Christ on his official social media platforms.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has demanded Walker remove posts from his official Facebook and Twitter feeds that read, “Philippians 4:13.”

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” the verse reads.

“This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,” FFRF co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Baker wrote in a letter to the governor. “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 a duly elected civil servant.”

They accused the governor of misusing his authority to “promote not just religion over non-religion, but one religion over another in a manner that makes many Wisconsin citizens uncomfortable.”

The atheist outrage over the governor’s beliefs seems almost unbelievable.

I reached out to Walker’s office, and his staff told me the governor has absolutely no plans to remove anything.

“Governor Walker will not remove the post on his social media,” press secretary Laurel Patrick told me. “The verse was part of a devotional he read that morning, which inspired him, and he chose to share it.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; demagogicparty; elections; scottwalker; walkeer; wisconsin
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I hope Walker doesn't back down
1 posted on 03/24/2014 11:20:20 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: F15Eagle

Oh those Freedom from Religion people, make my stomach turn. They may be headquartered in Wisconsin.

Keep up the good work Scott Walker.


3 posted on 03/24/2014 11:23:57 AM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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To: F15Eagle

Oh those Freedom from Religion people, make my stomach turn. They may be headquartered in Wisconsin.

Keep up the good work Scott Walker.


4 posted on 03/24/2014 11:23:57 AM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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To: BeadCounter

Headquartered in Madison, WI, actually.


5 posted on 03/24/2014 11:24:50 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: mandaladon

Stay strong, Scotty!


6 posted on 03/24/2014 11:27:28 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: mandaladon

He knows that in the US, the constitution applies to every citizen equally. This means he has the exact same constitutional rights you and I have. It means he can say whatever he wants about himself on his employer’s site. In fact, the constitution protects his right to do so. You don’t lose those rights when you go to work. And if the government tries to stop him, his “free exercise” of his religious beliefs are being violated.

If they don’t like it, they can vote him out. ;)

The 1st amendment is pretty bloody specific.


7 posted on 03/24/2014 11:29:12 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: mandaladon

Quick, somebody alert Mr. Lincoln!

His Second Inaugural, a rather short address of 600 words, contains at least six quotations of or allusions to Scripture.


8 posted on 03/24/2014 11:30:18 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: mandaladon

We where warned about this two thousand years ago.

The World Hates the Disciples
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[a] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

John 15:18-25


9 posted on 03/24/2014 11:31:20 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: mandaladon

thanks gov walker. keep witnessing. keep working. may God bless you.


10 posted on 03/24/2014 11:31:22 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: knittnmom

They are trying to use the power of government to “establish” THEIR “religion” of Atheism.

Of course a REAL Atheist wouldn’t CARE a bit what others “believe”.


11 posted on 03/24/2014 11:32:07 AM PDT by pfony1 (Add just 6 GOP Senators and we "bury" Harry)
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To: mandaladon

[They accused the governor of misusing his authority to “promote not just religion over non-religion, but one religion over another in a manner that makes many Wisconsin citizens uncomfortable.”]
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To hear any man identify himself as an atheist makes Christians feel uncomfortable.


13 posted on 03/24/2014 11:38:30 AM PDT by Repent and Believe (Promote good. Tolerate the harmless. Let evil be crushed.)
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To: mandaladon

Isn’t the good governor and American citizen first and foremost? And does he not also enjoy the protections of the First amendment since no law has been made by Congress?


14 posted on 03/24/2014 11:39:09 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: mandaladon

Why should atheists care what a Christian believes? They should ignore it if they didn’t have a Marxist agenda behind their feigned outrage.

Pray America wakes up


15 posted on 03/24/2014 11:39:42 AM PDT by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 order here: http://braylog.com/id47.html)
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To: mandaladon

Dear Annie Laurie Gaylor

Kiss My CHristian ..backside

SIncerely.


16 posted on 03/24/2014 11:39:51 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ("Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: mandaladon
People who hold public office do not give up their rights as people.

He is still allowed to have his own personality. He can be pompous and bellicose like Christie, or he can be introspective and devout, like Walker.

Liberals want to turn all politicians into narrow-minded robots who are programmed to repeat the party line. They will use things like deeply-held religious thoughts and office smartphones as weapons to pummel Walker into submission.

Article VI of the Constitution says "...but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." Just as one cannot be excluded from public office for their religious beliefs, one cannot be expelled from office for expressing a religious belief.

Good for Walker to stand up for himself.

-PJ

17 posted on 03/24/2014 11:41:52 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: pfony1

They are trying to use the power of government to “establish” THEIR “religion” of Atheism.


To never hear a statesman speak of one’s faith in God would make Christians feel uncomfortable. Let’s try to apply principle evenly here.


18 posted on 03/24/2014 11:45:55 AM PDT by Repent and Believe (Promote good. Tolerate the harmless. Let evil be crushed.)
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To: mandaladon

“There is no God and I hate Him.”


19 posted on 03/24/2014 11:46:04 AM PDT by Gamecock
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks mandaladon.

But don’t forget now, Walker’s a useless RINO. /s


20 posted on 03/24/2014 11:46:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: mandaladon

Motto of the State of Ohio:

“With God All Things Are Possible”


21 posted on 03/24/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: mandaladon

Luv My Gov! :)


22 posted on 03/24/2014 11:49:33 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: mandaladon
More stupid libs that know nothing of American history.
23 posted on 03/24/2014 11:50:28 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: mandaladon
"braggadocio"?

I do not think that word means what they think it means.

24 posted on 03/24/2014 11:54:36 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: mandaladon

Walker should really freak them out by explaining that the state of Wisconsin has every right to adopt, and promote a state religion!


25 posted on 03/24/2014 11:55:25 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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Atheists are idiots. And some simply hate Christians.


26 posted on 03/24/2014 11:59:31 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: mandaladon
“This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,” FFRF co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Baker wrote in a letter to the governor.

Oh, stuff it.

27 posted on 03/24/2014 12:00:01 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: mandaladon

I suggest that the next time the Freedom from Religion Foundation gets its monthly Facebook and Twitter bills, that they don’t pay them out of protest.


28 posted on 03/24/2014 12:04:54 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: mandaladon

Did he get letters from MANY uncomfortable citizens, or just those two? :)


29 posted on 03/24/2014 12:10:55 PM PDT by buckeye49
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To: mandaladon

I checked his FB page and couldn’t find it.


30 posted on 03/24/2014 12:11:57 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.)
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To: mandaladon

he’s hardly establishing a religion


31 posted on 03/24/2014 12:12:07 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: mandaladon
“This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,” FFRF co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Baker wrote in a letter to the governor.

Well, I find the never ending fascism of these moochers to be rather disturbing. Only an effete society would maintain so many non-productive parasites as these "advocacy" groups.

32 posted on 03/24/2014 12:16:25 PM PDT by Seruzawa (I kick @ss for the Lord!)
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To: mandaladon

Annie Laurie Gaylor can complain when Scott Walker issues a decree that all Wisconsin residents must be Methodists. Until then she needs to find new ways to use her (obviously excessive) free time.


33 posted on 03/24/2014 12:16:38 PM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: BeadCounter

There is no such thing guaranteed in the Bill of Rights as Freedom from Religion! Not anywhere, not at any time.
However, Freedom of Religion is clearly stated, to include the freedom not to practice any religion.


34 posted on 03/24/2014 12:16:45 PM PDT by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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To: reaganaut

I see it is on his twitter feed for March 16.

https://twitter.com/govwalker

For facebook there are a Scott Walker and Governor Scott Walker pages so if one wants to really check, I’d guess check both of them.


35 posted on 03/24/2014 12:22:17 PM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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To: mandaladon

Do we FINALLY have a male Republican with a pair?????


36 posted on 03/24/2014 12:25:26 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: BeadCounter

Yeah I checked both and still couldn’t find them, lots of discussion and others posting the quote but not the OP.


37 posted on 03/24/2014 12:26:54 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.)
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To: mandaladon

Walker lies low but hits the ball out of the park. I really admire the man.


38 posted on 03/24/2014 12:28:12 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: mandaladon

Atheism is a religion.


39 posted on 03/24/2014 12:29:35 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: mandaladon

re: “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 a duly elected civil servant.”

This is a total misunderstanding of the verse. It’s not that the Christian is “bragging” about their own power and strength, no, it’s a statement of confidence that whatever situation, task, or obstacle you face as a believer, God has promised to give us the ability to accomplish or overcome it.

So, the bragging is not about our ability, but rather about Christ’s ability to see us through. The confidence is in Him, not us.

So, the atheist response is unwittingly a reaction to the power of Christ - THAT’S what threatens them. That’s what they don’t like.


40 posted on 03/24/2014 12:32:11 PM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: mandaladon
FFRF--who are the donors? Is there a comprehensive list of names?

And why not? (I can't ever find this info) Im betting its a tax-exempt.

41 posted on 03/24/2014 12:33:21 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: mandaladon

Twitter and Facebook are not government property. He can say what he wants. These days I’m more concerned about the separation of government and science, than government and religion.


42 posted on 03/24/2014 12:33:42 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: mandaladon

The atheist outrage over the governor’s beliefs seems almost unbelievable.

The best approach to those who become so unglued is to send them a list of organizations accustomed to dealing with anger management and other mental issues.

These must be the same people who cry, scream, litter, tag and destroy everything they can any time something happens that they can’t defeat or control. Teachers unions come to mind.


43 posted on 03/24/2014 12:37:46 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey (The larger the government, the smaller the people)
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To: bboop

Scott Walker IS a LEADER!!! I truly admire his courage, this man has endured what NONE OF US believed possible!!! He WON’T back down
he WILL stand his ground and he WILL always WIN, as we ALL know
WILL happen if legislators had the cajones to do so!!! They are ALL such
gutless wonders!!! GOD BLESS YOU SCOTT WALKER!!!


44 posted on 03/24/2014 12:38:21 PM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: mandaladon

This is called taking a stand, and people like Walker have to do it,in the public eye, for all to see, and never backing down. Never.


45 posted on 03/24/2014 12:50:01 PM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: Gene Eric

I’ll bet you 95% of atheists don’t agree with these slugs who claim to represent them. And some Christians hate atheists.


46 posted on 03/24/2014 12:57:42 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: mandaladon
B T T T ! ! ! ©

47 posted on 03/24/2014 1:05:55 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: mandaladon

Those atheists can just go to hell..

Oh wait.. that’s fairly obvious...


48 posted on 03/24/2014 1:06:27 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: mandaladon
They accused the governor of misusing his authority to “promote not just religion over non-religion, but one religion over another in a manner that makes many Wisconsin citizens uncomfortable.”

See here's the problem. They aggresively attack any form of religious sentiment which benefits from public funding no matter how obliquely. In this case he used his "official" twitter account, but Twitter is a non-government commercial service and accounts are free. So the fact that it was set up as "official" doesn't make it publicly funded in any way, shape or form. So instead they are forced to go after him personally. His speech, they reason, since he is governor, is somehow subject to the sanctions against religion. It "troubles" them. Well, fortunately that other part of the first amendment protects his right to say whatever he wants.

49 posted on 03/24/2014 1:14:05 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: mandaladon

the ffr folks apparently have never read anything from the country’s founders on the subject. bet they’d be surprised at what jefferson did as a governor.


50 posted on 03/24/2014 1:24:23 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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