WASHINGTON â€” Marco Rubio likes to tweet Bible verses.
Almost every day for the past three months, the Republican senator from Florida slips a pithy message from The Good Book into his Twitter feed for his nearly 3 million followers to digest. A few examples:
As dogs return to their vomit,so fools repeat their folly. Proverbs 26:11
â€” Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 26, 2017
Though the just fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble from only one mishap. Proverbs 24:16
â€” Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 24, 2017
The eyes of the LORD watch over the knowledgeable,but he defeats the projects of the faithless. Proverbs 22:12
â€” Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 22, 2017
Now a Wisconsin-based organization devoted to the separation of church and state is asking him to stop on the grounds that itâ€™s unconstitutional.
â€œWe have no issue with people reading and discussing the bible. The road to atheism is littered with bibles that have been read cover to cover,â€ Andrew L. Seidel, the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s director of strategic response, wrote to Rubio on Tuesday. â€œBut it is not for the government in our secular republic to promote one religious book over others or to promote religion over nonreligion. Doing so violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.â€
Seidel continued: â€œBy tying your government title to a social media page, you have intimately entwined your official position with the messages you send on that platform, creating the appearance of official endorsement.
The group claims 29,000 members nationwide, including 1,400 in Florida. Seidel wrote that his foundation was â€œcontacted by several concerned citizens, including Floridiansâ€ about the tweets.
Rubioâ€™s office did not respond to a request for comment.
But if his Twitter feed is any indication, the senator seems unmoved by the request. He continues to post Bible verses.
â€œBy patience is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue can break a bone. Proverbs 25:15,â€ he tweeted Friday.
By patience is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue can break a bone.Proverbs 25:15
â€” Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 25, 2017
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Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., left, speaks as Rubio and Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., listen during a news conference on immigration reform on April 18, 2013, on Capitol Hill.Â
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