Thursday, February 11, 2016

NASA Bans the Word 'Jesus'

The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA.

The JSC Praise & Worship Club was directed by NASA attorneys to refrain from using the name “Jesus” in club announcements that appeared in a Space Center newsletter.

“It was shocking to all of us and very frustrating,” NASA engineer Sophia Smith told me. “NASA has a long history of respecting religious speech. Why wouldn’t they allow us to put the name Jesus in the announcement about our club?”

Liberty Institute, one of the nation’s largest religious liberty law firms, threatened to file a federal lawsuit unless NASA apologizes and stops censoring the name “Jesus.”

The JSC Today newsletter is distributed electronically and includes a number of Space Center events — from salsa dancing lessons to soccer camp.

NASA issued a statement late Monday that did not refute Liberty Institute’s charge.

Since 2001, employees had gathered during their lunch hour to pray and sing and read the Bible. There had been no censorship issues until last year.

Liberty Institute attorney Jeremy Dys told me the club had placed an announcement in the Space Center’s newsletter, announcing the theme of their meeting, “Jesus is our life.”

“Soon after that, the legal department called the organizers and told them they could not use the name Jesus in their announcements,” Dys told me. “They said, no Jesus.”

The club’s leadership was told that “NASA would be censoring all future club announcements that featured the name, ‘Jesus,’” Liberty Institute alleged in its complaint letter.

NASA’s legal department explained that including the name “Jesus” within the club’s announcement made that announcement “sectarian” or “denominational.”

They also alleged such announcements would cause NASA to violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Dys said the club organizers offered to provide a disclaimer, notifying readers that the announcement was private speech and was not endorsed by NASA or any other government agency. However, that offer was rejected as “insufficient.”



Anonymous said...

They also alleged such announcements would cause NASA to violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

That is simple nonsense. The Constitution simply says that the government shall not establish a religion; it does not say anything about separation.

I am an atheist and I do not see anything wrong with what the group does; they have a right to their religion.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:42 - and of course the constitution also notes that the government shall not prohibit the free exercise of religion, a specific clause that this action by NASA is in direct violation of.

Bird of Paradise said...

Hey NASA what about Free Speech? dose the mention of the son of god offend the ears of James Hanson or the rest of the atheists fools. Hey i,ll bet theyll allow Allah or satan to be mentioned. And i,ll also bet they beleive this Darwinists nonsense

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

The entire goverment under Obama the Fink has become totaly corupt and evil the demacrats hate the U.S. Constitution just like most liberals do

Anonymous said...

This is a clear and obvious example of content discrimination.