An atheist group is demanding that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker remove his “disturbing” and “threatening” comments on social media platforms that simply read: “Philippians 4:13.”
The Bible verse reads: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
But the Freedom From Religion Foundation has accused the governor of using his social media accounts to “promote not just religion over non-religion, but one religion over another in a manner that makes many Wisconsin citizens uncomfortable,” the group wrote in a letter to the governor, Fox News reported.
“This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,” co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Baker wrote. “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.”
“It is improper for a state employee, much less for the chief executive officer of the state, to use the machinery of the State of Wisconsin to promote personal religious views,” the letter stated, adding that the U.S. Constitution is “entirely godless and secular.”
A spokesperson for Mr. Walker said he has no plans to remove the scripture.
“Governor Walker will not remove the post on his social media,” press secretary Laurel Patrick told Fox News. “The verse was part of a devotional he read that morning, which inspired him, and he chose to share it.
“While he frequently uses his social media to engage with Wisconsinites on matters of public policy, he also uses it to give them a sense of who he is,” she said. “This does just that — it was a reflection of his thoughts for the day.”