maxresdefault (2)Nasa ‘bans Jesus’ in internal newsletter amid fears use of name is ‘sectarian.’ A Christian group in the space agency’s Johnson Space Centre claim free speech is being stepped on. The Christian group claims NASA banned using word ‘Jesus’ in e-bulletins. A row has broken out over the Son of God and Nasa, as a Christian group working with the space agency claims members are banned from using Jesus’ name. The JSC Praise and Worship Club, at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, told to stop using Jesus name in club announcements appearing in centre newsletter. So filed complaint against the restriction coming from Nasa attorneys. Nasa engineer Sophia Smith said she was “shocked” and also “very frustrated.” “Nasa has a long history of respecting religious speech. Yet will not allow name of Jesus in announcement about our club?” she told Fox News. The newsletter sent out on email alerts the members of the centre to events from dance classes to football games. So the Religious liberty law firm known as the Liberty Institute issued threat of federal lawsuit over the issue of the freedom of religious expression for the government employees unless Nasa makes apology and lifts ban. Nasa released a statement saying does not prohibit use of specific religious names in employee newsletters or other internal communications. NASA Johnson Space Center NASA is at centre of this controversy where the electronic newsletter is dispatched. “The agency allows employee-led civic, professional, religious other organizations to meet on Nasa property on employee’s own time.MAIN-NASA-bans-Jesus.jpg“Consistent with the federal laws, Nasa attempts to balance employee’s rights to freely exercise religious beliefs with the obligation to ensure that no government endorsement of religion prevails. “We believe in and encourage open diverse dialogue among employees and across the agency.” Nasa JSC Praise & Worship Club began in 2001, members meeting during lunch hour to discuss matters of Christian faith and sing Christian songs. Attorney Jeremy Dys, said on May 28, 2015 a newsletter carried announcement reading: “Join praise and worship band ‘Allied with the Lord’ for a refreshing set of spring praise and worship songs… To do express Gratitude to God’s work, The NASA JSC Praise and Worship Club began 2001 with members meeting to discuss matters of Christianity. “The theme for the session will be ‘Jesus is our life!’ So Prayer partners available for anyone who has need. JSC civil servants, contractors welcome. Subsequently the Nasa legal department contacted the club. Liberty Institute’s complain was the club told that “Nasa would be censoring all future announcement featured name, ‘Jesus,” adding the name made announcements “sectarian” or “denominational.” So in order to illustrate Nasa’s religious history, the Liberty Institute’s website details in February 1962, Nasa astronaut Scott Carpenter quipped, “Godspeed, John Glenn” as Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. In 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts – Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman – read the Creation account from Genesis 1 while orbiting the moon on Christmas Eve. They note that: “Infamous atheist, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, sued Nasa over this and lost in O’Hair v. Payne, 1969.”




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