- Government Orders ‘Jesus’ on T-Shirt Censored as ‘Political Speech’
by Bob Unruh, https://www.wnd.com/
‘Jesus holds no political office and was not on the ballot’
A lawsuit has been filed in federal court against the city of Hart, Michigan, after officials there ordered a T-shirt message about Jesus censored. The case developed when Margaret Wittman, an elections worker, was relieved of her duties for refusing to hide her shirt that said, “My heart will TRUST in you JESUS,” while working at the polls during the presidential election.
Robert Muise, of the American Freedom Law Center, which is working on the case, said, “The Constitution does not permit government officials to order a private citizen to check her religion at the door to city hall. Ms. Wittman does not cease being a Christian when she is performing her duties as an election worker…”
He continued, “Indeed, the First Amendment categorically prohibits government from regulating, prohibiting, or rewarding religious beliefs as such. And the principles that government officials may not enact or enforce policies that suppress religious belief or practice is well understood in our courts of law.” The complaint states:
Plaintiff’s TRUST in JESUS shirt is not “political speech.” As publicly stated by Plaintiff, “Jesus holds no political office and was not on the ballot.”
Plaintiff refused Defendant Rabe’s demand because she did not want her religion “turned around,” “covered up,” or hidden by City officials. Plaintiff believes that it would be disrespectful and sacrilegious to treat JESUS, a name above all names, in this manner. See Matthew 1:21 (“She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”); Luke 1:31-33 (“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”).