An American atheist group delivered a letter to a U.S. congressman to request that he stop posting scripture to his official social media accounts, arguing that his actions are in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) a letter postmarked on August 14, asking him to "refrain from posting messages that proselytize or endorse religion on your official government social media accounts."
"When a government official uses his elected office, including governmental platforms such as an official Facebook page, to promote his personal religious beliefs, he violates the spirit of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution," a portion of the letter reads.
Cassidy posts Bible verses on his congressional account every Sunday, including this past weekend, when he shared John 14:27. He also attends a nondenominational church that meets on the campus of Louisiana State University.
FFRF, who said a "concerned Louisiana resident" informed the group of Cassidy's practice, claims the senator's actions alienates his constituents who are not Christian and regards them as "political outsiders in their own community."
"By couching your sentiments in exclusively religious terms, and by quoting exclusively from one religion's holy book, you unnecessarily exclude a significant portion of the community," FFRF wrote. "Regardless of your intent, this social media post sends the message to your minority religious and nonreligious constituents that their participation in the political process is less valued than that of their Christian counterparts."
The atheist-led group is demanding that Cassidy delete all religious-related posts from his social media accounts and refrain from posting anything from the Bible in the future.