Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) has committed the dastardly deed of posting on his Facebook and Twitter feeds, references to a Biblical verse: Philippians 4:13. The meaning of this verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” is less important than Scott’s purpose in posting it and the hue and cry raised over it by the atheists of the Left. Walker’s Press Secretary Laurel Patrick, had this to say of that purpose:
While [Governor Walker] 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. This does just that—it was a reflection of his thoughts for the day.
On the other hand, Freedom From Religion Foundation really has its collective knickers in a twist.
This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing. 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.
A threat? Really!? And where is the diktat involved here? In what way is Walker ordering anyone else to do anything?
In what way is a man required to check his ethos—or his religion—at the door when he goes to work? Should Walker also check his Judeo-Christian requirement to help the least among us at the door, too?
Come to that, where is the FFRF on government welfare—that use of taxpayer dollars, that use of FFRF members’ tax dollars—to support this Christian effort by government?
This would be bad parody, except that the FFRF and other If-It-Offends-Me-It-Must-Be-Unconstitutional crowd are deadly serious. Instead, it’s just a disturbing level of paranoia.