NASA accused of censoring name of ‘Jesus’; Christian workers threaten to sue

*Editor’s note: This post has been updated with a statement from NASA.

It’s one thing for President Barack Obama to task NASA with reaching out to the Muslim community, but it’s a whole other ball of wax when Christian employees complain they are being censored by the agency.

The employees, represented by The Liberty Institute, say they are victims of religious discrimination and are threatening to sue after the religious club was allegedly told to stop using the name “Jesus” in meeting announcements in the agency’s employee newsletter, according to a statement from the religious liberty advocacy and legal defense organization.

The claim certainly fits the Obama administration’s modus operandi.

The praise and worship club, in existence since 2001, meets at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to “discuss matters of the Christian faith and sing Christian songs,” The Liberty Institute noted.

In the statement, Jeremy Dys, senior counsel for Liberty Institute, called on NASA to stop discriminating against the Christian employees and apologize.

“It is illegal for the government to censor the name of Jesus from emails authored by employees,” Dys said. “Preventing a religious club’s announcement just because it contains the name ‘Jesus’ is blatant religious discrimination. We call on NASA to end their censorship and apologize.”

One of the employees affected, Sophia Smith, said the group was “shocked that NASA would censor the name of Jesus from our Praise and Worship Club’s announcement.”

“NASA has a long history of allowing religious speech by employees,” Smith added. “In fact, in 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts read from the Bible while they were orbiting the moon, and it was broadcast on TV. So why would they ban ‘Jesus’ from our announcements?”

 

That reading Smith speaks of can be seen here:

BizPac Review was contacted Tuesday by a NASA representative to include an official statement from NASA regarding this issue:

“NASA does not prohibit the use of any specific religious names in employee newsletters or other internal communications. The agency allows a host of employee-led civic, professional, religious and other organizations to meet on NASA property on employees’ own time. Consistent with federal law, NASA attempts to balance employees’ rights to freely exercise religious beliefs with its obligation to ensure there is no government endorsement of religion. We believe in and encourage open and diverse dialogue among our employees and across the agency.”

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7 thoughts on “NASA accused of censoring name of ‘Jesus’; Christian workers threaten to sue

  1. catsarecool says:

    So why would they ban ‘Jesus’ from our announcements?”

    Because we are now a nation of bedwetting cowards. The enemy is laughing at us on how weak we are, like a nation of sheep.

  2. Screeminmeeme says:

    Charles Bolden, a retired United States Marines Corps major-general and former astronaut, said in an interview with al-Jazeera that Nasa was not only a space exploration agency but also an “Earth improvement agency”.

    Mr Bolden said: “When I became the Nasa administrator, President Obama charged me with three things.
    One, he wanted me to help reinspire children to want to get into science and math……he wanted me to expand our international relationships…….and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to REACH OUT TO THE MUSLIM WORLD world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them FEEL GOOD about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.”

    If you forgot the provision of the National Aeronautics and Space Act that grants authority to NASA to make Muslims feel good about medieval contributions to astronomy, that’s because it doesn’t exist.

    Astonishing but reflective of what Obama sees as part of his own job description as President. In his 2009 Cairo speech, he said:

    ”And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

    If you forgot the provision of Article II of the Constitution that places responsibility for fighting negative stereotypes of Islam in the hands of the executive branch, that’s because it doesn’t exist.

    For 7+ years, Obama’s been defending, protecting, and promoting supremacist Islam……like the good ”Christian” that he is.

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  3. WTFUAMERIKA says:

    Fahke Obamao and the Liberals Maoist Cultural Cleansing of Christianity!

    So tell me.
    Why would any Christian in their right mind vote for a party (Democrats)that want to Culturally cleanse them from our country and replace them with their Unconstitutional Tyrannical GODLESS Religion of State. Unless of course you’re Muslim in which case the State will ENDORSE YOU?! How fahked up is that?! When is this liberal Orwellian nightmare going to end? Worse. Why are we tolerating it?

  4. Seamus says:

    The NASA statement flies in the face of the Obama mulsim mandate. How could a person so in love with a religion so anathema to the US constitution have ever been elected, and why hasn’t he been removed? The enemy within.

  5. Mary Brown says:

    But the left exclaims “there is no attack on Christianity in the USA”. Yeah Right! This is just another one of many in the last MONTH

  6. Tiger says:

    Calling all Christians time to stand up and be accounted for. Wear those tees WWJD. There was a Sultan that St. Francis addressed when the Muslims were in the Holy Lands and killing etc who said to the Saint your supposed to turn the other cheek, St. Francis set him straight on that one. Really great story Google it/

    We need to set the Sultan O straight here and now.

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