NASA Administrator Bridenstine Attacked for Praising Capitol Ministries

Back in February, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine addressed a $10,000 a plate fundraiser for a group called Capitol Ministries.

Capitol Ministries seeks to influence government with the teachings of the Bible. Dave Mosher, a correspondent for Business Insider specializing in science, space and technology accused Bridenstine of violating the United States Constitution by praising Capitol Ministries and the work it does.

At issue is the establishment clause of the First Amendment that reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Those legal scholars who hold with original intent maintain that the establishment clause prohibited a government sanctioned church, such as the Church of England.

The courts have expanded the application of the clause to prohibit organized prayers in public schools, the display of religious symbols in public spaces, and in other areas.

However, Mosher and the experts he consulted would seem to be mistaken in the view that the establishment clause limits the free speech of public officials.

The case that would seem to confirm this, ironically, occurred because of a reading from the Book of Genesis by the crew of Apollo 8, which occurred on Christmas Eve, 1968, while orbiting the moon.

The reading was broadcast world-wide along with an image of the Earth rising above the surface of the moon.

The event was so profound in its beauty and inspiration that it served as a hopeful end to the tumultuous year of 1968.

Madalyn Murray O’Hair begged to disagree.

O’Hair, the original militant atheist, had already won notoriety early in the 1960s by litigating a landmark case that caused the Supreme Court to prohibit prayer in public schools.

She filed suit in Federal District Court claiming that the reading from Genesis had violated the establishment clause and thus her right not to be exposed to religion by government employees, which the astronauts were.

A three-judge panel, citing precedence and common sense, dismissed the lawsuit for a failure to state a cause of action.

Attempts to appeal to higher courts, including the United States Supreme Court, were met with defeat.

Nevertheless, when Apollo moonwalker Buzz Aldrin took communion on the lunar surface, NASA obliged him to keep quiet about it out of concern for another kerfuffle kicked up by O’Hair.

Legal precedence aside, Mosher and the experts he consulted are absurd when they claim that Bridenstine’s speech before Capitol Ministries was unconstitutional.

Public officials, including both the appointed and elected kind, often speak before church congregations and religious conventions.

More often than not they tend to praise the work of the groups they are speaking before, out of conviction perhaps or at least out of politeness.

Public officials even attend houses of worship and participate in religious services, both on holy days of their particular faith or on special occasions such as weddings and funerals. Using the logic followed by Mosher, they should be forbidden to do so lest they be seen as favoring the establishment of religion.

President Franklin Roosevelt, no religious conservative he, prayed on a national radio broadcast on June 6, 1944 for the success of the Normandy invasion and for the souls of the men then fighting and dying on the beaches.

No one was bold enough to object, not in the 1940s and not in the middle of World War II.

Presently NASA would like to land people on the lunar surface by 2024. Imagine the day that mission lifts off from Earth and imagine that the president then, perhaps Mr. Trump should he be reelected, offering a prayer for the success of the voyage and the safe return of the astronauts.

Inevitably some militant atheist is going to take umbrage and some group, perhaps the ACLU, will run to the courts.

One can further imagine the reaction of President Trump on Twitter, fast, short, and snarky.

People, either angry atheists or some social libertarians, seem to have a case of OCD where it comes to the establishment clause.

If a public official speaks the name of God or praises the good works of some religious group or a Nativity scene shows up near the county courthouse, they get the shakes and imagine that a theocracy is just around the corner.

The best advice one can give them is to chill.

No one is going to burn people at the stake for not believing in God.

He might catch hell (figuratively speaking) for demanding that everyone else does.

31 thoughts on “NASA Administrator Bridenstine Attacked for Praising Capitol Ministries”

  1. This is discrimination against an action on which this nation was founded. When you try to remove GOD from the equation, you have lost your validity. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. Hosea 4:6
    You will never please all the people, but you will give an account for what you do and say.

  2. Liberals need to be sent to the border, they could take care of the sick kids. In other words, do something really worth while for once, in their miserable lives.

  3. I have little in the way of religion, but have never felt the need to belabor those that do.
    I do confess to an admiration for christians and CHristianity, because of the way they have dealt with the bullying and belaboring they have endured for the last 10 years, without any serious attempt at retribution.
    It will happen, any group of people when confronted with having to live like religious people do, will eventually seek retribution.
    I have no idea what form it will take, just that it is on the way.
    Were I person of importance in the religious community I would be advocating that the 43 % of hospitals that are founded and funded bt religions, should immediately close the ER’s in them and refuse serious to anyone not of their faith.
    I would close all of the free clinics they fund close all of the food banks and refuse entry to anyone not of their faith to any of the schools and universities found by religions.
    Perhaps after several years when several million of the liberal dem bloodsuckers and their queer , bent gender and atheisitic familiars had died from lack of health care and starvation, I would go back and ask if they learned any manners yet.

  4. Another example of Russia intervening in our daily affairs completely sponsored by our friends on the Left. Such hypocrisy is so blatant that it proves how History- deprived this country is now.

  5. as a old ways wiccan …more budhist than pagan … i find the whole affair comical , but not unlawful . of course a neo marxist will seek to keep any power other than the power of the state , limlited in its effect on peoples lives … these attack will become more common place as capitalism swings back against the last 80 years of socialism …. poverty has that effect on people and their lives… the only real hope for the socialist is to blaim all that the socialist have been successful at doing .. on those who had the least to do with it the capitalist … they must begin by making sure that no one understands what the words mean… or define the terms they are screaming…. religon is foundationaly weak and stupid , and no better that the socialists … but it is not evil , or illegal . and functionaly , it is orderly … it is important to understand that socialism must have disorder to be excepted , and when the disorder ends , in the poverty of starvation and broken lives… communism can take over and enslave every one except the rulers …. in perfectly balanced slavery of mind and body…

  6. Read dark agenda by Horowitz. then you will understand why this is happening. We are close to getting our just reward from God. You people think you got problems now or lived through miserable time. You ain’t seen or experienced squat. I PRAY diligently you wake up and stop rebelling against our creator before it’s too late.

  7. This is completely wrong. Capitol Ministries does good work and the speaker should be applauded not vilified. If people don’t start putting God back into their lives, then heaven help them when they pass. It boggles my mind that some are against religion and God, but who do the call on when they are in need. Their words are God Help Me. It’s like when they need God to do something for them, it’s ok to call on God, and when they don’t, they are against Him. I’m just damned tired of people not being allowed to speak their views, their mind, their religion without being vilified by those saying it violates the second amendment, which it most certainly does not. No wonder the Democrats want to strip us of our rights and do as they say. not as they do.. It is our Constutional right to have this freedom. People need to learn to ‘Agree to Disagree’ which is definitely not a hard thing to do. I, for one, will continue to say what is on my mind, and I don’t give a flip if one likes it or not. That being said, I don’t mind hearing the other side either as we are all entitled to free thinking.

  8. He did nothing wrong. The first ten amendments to the Constitution–the Bill of Rights were ratified effective December 15, 1791. To quote: “Amendment 1″ Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    Too many people who don’t understand this may think anytime someone or state supports a religious event they are in violation of the above which is not the case as they are making a state religion like in England-The Anglican Church of England.

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