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-NASA Bans the Name of ‘Jesus’?

by Dr. D ~ February 9th, 2016

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During the space race with the Soviet Union in the 50’s and 60’s; God, the Bible, and Jesus were mentioned by American Astronauts on numerous occasions. My how things have changed in one generation. Now NASA has apparently censored the use of the name of ‘Jesus’ in the Johnson Space Center employee newsletter announcements by the JSC Praise & Worship Club. Here’s the story from the Christian Post:

NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, has been accused of censoring religious speech among its Christian employees, including banning the name Jesus.

The JSC reportedly told employees last year that the name "Jesus" could not appear in newsletters pertaining to the Praise and Worship Club that meets during the lunch hour.

"NASA has a long history of respecting the religious speech of their employees, including defending, in court, the astronauts who read the biblical account of creation while orbiting the moon. That tradition should continue here," said Liberty Institute Senior Counsel Jeremy Dys to The Christian Post in an interview Tuesday.

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Response: I guess if you are working for NASA you must give up your First Amendment rights? Fortunately the Liberty Institute is challenging the administration to resolve this misunderstanding.

NASA issued the following disclaimer on Monday:

“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 employee’s own time. Consistent with federal law, NASA attempts to balance employee’s 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.”

However according to a number of NASA employees the Legal Department at Johnson Space Center did order a ban on the use of the name of ‘Jesus’ in the employee newsletter violating their own official policy listed above. The compelling reason to justify this action has not been defined.

There have been entirely too many of these instances in the last 7 years where government officials have taken it upon themselves to try and rewrite or limit the religious freedom of government workers. On every occasion the perpetrators have been forced to back away or make some kind of disclaimer after it became public.

The lesson for believers in these kind of situations is to go public and get help from legal organizations (Like Liberty Institute, Pacific Justice Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom, and etc.) that support religious liberty.               *Top

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