Skip to comments.Atheists Unhappy With White House Bible Study
Posted on 08/05/2017 7:28:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Atheist groups are unhappy with President Donald Trump for allowing a weekly Bible study to take place in the White House.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) said the Bible study might even be an illegal use of taxpayer funds, the Washington Times reported Thursday.
"If those officials want privacy, the solution is pretty damn simple: Study the Bible in your private capacity, not in your official capacity and at your government desk," the group said in a statement Thursday. "Do it on your time, not the taxpayers'. In short, get off your knees and get to work."
The person behind the Bible study is Ralph Drollinger, founder of Capitol Ministries. His organization has established similar programs in the House and Senate, and 40 state capitals and 24 foreign countries.
Top Trump administration officials are reported to be attending the weekly Bible study. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo are frequent participants. Trump has yet to attend one of the studies and Vice President Mike Pence plans to attend the studies when his schedule allows.
Drollinger has already noticed the influence the Bible study has had on some administration officials. He told CBN News that Sessions will "go out the same day I teach him something, and I'll see him do it on camera, and I just think, ‘Wow, these guys are faithful, available, and teachable, and they're at Bible study every week they're in town.'"
The FFRF argues that members of the Trump administration cannot keep their religion separate from their official duties.
"Each week, these pious politicians spend their time your time, dear taxpayer perusing a book that condones child sacrifice, slavery, misogyny, and the subjugation of women, genocide, and eternal torture for those who believe differently," the group said. "If ever there were a book that government officials ought not to follow, it's the Bible."
The FFRF also has taken issue with Drollinger's past comments.
"That Drollinger has unfettered access to the highest levels of our government is scary and raises serious state-church concerns," the group said. "For instance, all these messages have a direct impact on public policy, including on LGBTQ rights, women's rights, the social safety net, the right to choose, environmental issues, and global climate change."
The secular organization says Drollinger's access to the White House might violate lobbying regulations and that the FFRF is investigating the matter.
"This access and ability to affect policy might run afoul of lobbying regulations, something FFRF attorneys are investigating," the group said.
Maybe they should demonstrate their unhappiness by boycotting the next election.
They are entitled to their opinion.
But I also don’t recall anyone asking for it.
The people in The Freedom From Religion Foundation aren’t atheists.
After enduring Coach Wooden’s daily (wise) demands, Drollinger is likely unmoved by FFRF’s platitudes.
Why, this nation's founding was based on Christian values.
George Washington would approve.
Thereby exposing that the Freedom from Religion group is not about freedom at all...
Inside every liberal is a Fascist screaming to get out.
FFRF’s not a secular organization; secularism is neutral. FFRF is anything but neutral- it is just another weird doctrine whoring around for converts and followers.
"Each week, these pious politicians spend their time your time, dear taxpayer perusing a book that condones child sacrifice, slavery, misogyny, and the subjugation of women, genocide, and eternal torture for those who believe differently," the group said. "If ever there were a book that government officials ought not to follow, it's the Koran."
Fixed the typo...
I haven’t heard anything about how this group is protesting Islamic activities. Must have missed it..
Tough Sheeeeet.......Why should it even be a problem? If they are studying an entity you believe does not exist, you should be laughing your asses of. Instead, you become sanctimoniously indignant with your butt hairs in a twiddle. My heart bleeds.....
There is a Muslim prayer room in our city’s airport, so the taxi drivers have a place to pray. Airport is a government owned entity. Shouldn’t this be separated from the airport too???
The Freedom From Christian Religion Foundation
Where were they when Obama was having koronic studies with muslim ValJar and the rest of his white house muslims?
I don’t think these atheists,whoever they are,understand much about the Bible. Secondly,isn’t this a lot better .....seeking God’s guidance rather than dreaming up new ways to screw the taxpayer?
They need to “read what it says in the Bible before they pass judgement”
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God -Psalms 14:1
Hey FFRF, look in my eye; DO YOU SEE ANYBODY IN THERE WHO GIVES A SH!T ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK!