US government agency NASA is being accused of illegal censorship by some of its Christian employees after the word 'Jesus' was allegedly banned from a newsletter.
The JSC Praise & Worship Club placed an advertisement in an email to promote a meeting saying, "The theme for this session will be 'Jesus is our life!' Prayer partners will be available for anyone who has need." Members claim that NASA told them to refrain the use of the word 'Jesus' in the announcement, reports the Express.
Liberty Institute has now threatened to file a federal lawsuit unless NASA apologises and stops censoring the name ‘Jesus’, reports Fox News.
In a response statement to The Hill, Karen Northon of the agency denied the accusations:
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.
However, Jeremy Dys, a lawyer for the Liberty Institute, said that the organisers offered to provide a disclaimer, notifying readers that the announcement was private speech but was rejected as “insufficient.”