Gov. Walker won’t delete Bible verse, despite threats from hate-activist atheists

About the great Governor of Wisconsin.  I wonder if he will run for President.

From The Blaze:

Scott Walker Says He Won’t Cave to Atheists’ Demand to Pull Bible Verse

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

Patrick said Walker’s social media accounts are frequently used “to engage with Wisconsinites on matters of public policy” as well as to give constituents “a sense of who he is.”

She said the scripture reference he posted on March 16 was simply “a reflection of his thoughts for the day.”

Walker’s response came after the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote him a letter this week asking that he delete the message, which read simply, “Philippians 4:13,” from his official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The popular New Testament Bible verse reads, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Freedom From Religion Foundation [A Madison-based hate group.] co-president Dan Barker told TheBlaze Friday that while he finds the posting of the Bible verse both “rude” and “arrogant,” his group likely won’t sue over it.

“We’re still complaining about it, but we can’t do anything more than complain,” Barker said. “We think it’s inappropriate for him to use his official page to promote his view.”

Barker said that the Freedom From Religion Foundation might take definitive action if Walker decided to post Bible messages on a more regular basis, but that in this case they will likely “look the other way.”

“We’re not going to take any legal action on one abuse,” he said. “And it is an abuse — and he should know it’s one.”

I read Walker’s book Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge, about the surreal battle waged by the Left when the Governor pushed through legislation to curtail (for once) the immense, budget-draining power of unions.  He turned the state’s $3.6 billion deficit into a nearly $1 billion surplus in a couple of years.  That apart, reading the account of what happened as union activists and others descended on Madison for weeks of unreal chaos is, itself, worth the price of the book.  Prescinding from your possible party affiliation, you can get a real insight into how the Left thinks and works.  Also, in the book, he occasionally touches on the role of his faith.

UPDATE:  Related to the above, today Gov. Walker signed a $541 million tax cut for Wisconsin taxpayers. HERE

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15 Responses to Gov. Walker won’t delete Bible verse, despite threats from hate-activist atheists

  1. Magpie says:

    Awful bully boys. Good on the Gov. for standing up for himself in a manful fashion, somebody the homosexualists could probably learn a thing or two from!!!

  2. pannw says:

    What, elected officials give up their First Amendment Rights of religion and speech when they take office? Who knew? Oh, yeah, the rabid atheists know they don’t. That’s the only reason they aren’t taking action. At least for the near future. Of course, it won’t stop them harassing the governor to try to get him to do what they want. Man, atheists sure are BOSSY.

  3. NBW says:

    Gov. Walker is doing positive things for WI. What good has Dan Barker done for the people of WI.?

  4. Ben Yanke says:

    Call their bluff, Governor. Do it more often and see how much they can do over what you put on your twitter page…

  5. HyacinthClare says:

    I keep wondering, when I hear about Governor Walker’s turning the state’s deficit into a surplus, if there are people out there who think that’s a bad thing… that a state could always find somebody to spend money on if it wanted to, and “hoarding” money (fiscal responsibility) is “selfish.” Has anybody actually said that?

  6. Legisperitus says:

    He could have quoted from the Federalist Papers, the Communist Manifesto, lyrics by the Rolling Stones, or an episode of The Flintstones, but not the Bible? It’s time to end this discrimination against religion.

  7. Sonshine135 says:

    Is an atheist’s “freedom from religion” a God-given right?

  8. Supertradmum says:

    I lived and worked in Wisconsin in Madison and found that even the Catholics had chips on their shoulders, waiting for someone to knock these off. Why people take offense, I do not know.

  9. LarryW2LJ says:

    A politician who doesn’t cave in and actually has a spine, when it comes to something positive concerning faith. Refreshing, for a change.

  10. Legisperitus says:

    Bullies don’t know how to react when the kid won’t give them his lunch money.

  11. Mike says:

    Where are the press releases from the ACLU in support of the Governor’s right to free speech, and from the Southern Poverty Law Center in opposition to speech-muzzling threats against the Governor from hate groups such as the self-styled “Freedom from Religion” Foundation?

  12. Clinton says:

    Imagine Lincoln’s relief that Dan Barker and his Freedom From Religion crowd weren’t
    around when he delivered his famous “A House Divided Cannot Stand” speech against slavery.
    I assume Barker and his ilk would be livid that Lincoln would do something as ‘offensive’
    as build an entire speech on Mark 3:25.

  13. Scherzophrenic says:

    When the media starts mocking atheists, it’s rather telling:
    http://islamdom.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-cros-at-ground-zero-atheists-say-no.html

  14. bartlep says:

    I heard Dan Barker in a debate at USD recently, entitled “God: Supreme Being or Imaginery Friend”. He was totally irrational, rambled on without staying on point and was repetitive on inane ideas. It was embarrassing. He was debating Trent Horn, who tried to remain on topic and did not show the frustration that some of us felt with Barker’s veering constantly from any logical points. Of course they are not going to sue. Even the Leftist judges wouldn’t have a case. If atheists are offended by a simple Bible quotation on a Facebook or email posting, they are really showing their thin skin.

  15. Qwikness says:

    I never can understand why atheists get upset with Religious symbols or statements, if the Constitution says, ” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”
    A statement like his isn’t making law. Congress isn’t making a law. It’s not pitting Catholics vs. Protestants as is the historical context of the Amendment.