Governor Defends ‘He is Risen’ Post on Easter, Says He’ll Never Take it Down

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April 26, 2019Apr 26, 2019

A U.S. governor is taking a stand for religious liberty and the Constitution.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was blasted after he posted a “He is risen!” message on his official Facebook page and his personal Twitter page.

The post also includes the message “Have a happy and blessed Easter!” as well as an image of a cross and John 11:25, “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

According to AZCentral, the Secular Communities for Arizona group demanded that he delete the post from Facebook.

The group’s attorney, Dianne Post, blasted Ducey by claiming that he was endangering Arizonan’s rights by posting a well-known Bible verse on social media.

She insisted that he was failing his duty to "represent and protect the rights of all residents of Arizona, including those who do not believe in a monotheistic god or any gods at all."

Her letter to the governor said, “If you are going to recognize Christians, you have to recognize Wiccans and the Satanic Temple too. Under the Arizona Constitution, you cannot treat the non-religious differently, so you’ll have to recognize them as well, I suppose on Darwin Day?”

She also took issue with him posting “Happy Passover” on Good Friday “in what may have been a recognition of the Jewish religion.”

“Courts have struck down symbolism that unites government with religion,” Post wrote. “Such symbols convey a message that is inconsistent with the first amendment.”

But Ducey is holding his ground and telling her to read the U.S. Constitution.

“We won’t be removing this post. Ever,” he wrote on Twitter Thursday. “Nor will we be removing our posts for Christmas, Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah, Palm Sunday, Passover or any other religious holiday.”

“We support the First Amendment, and are happy to provide copies of the Constitution to anyone who hasn’t read it,” he added.

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