Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) is refusing to back down in the face of complaints that he used a government social media account to promote his Christian faith.
On Easter Ducey, who is Catholic, posted the words "He is risen" along with an image of a cross and a Bible verse on his official Facebook page. The posting drew the notice of the American Humanist Association (AHA), which wrote to Ducey to protest "such blatantly religious statements on a government-run page, unambiguously promoting Christian beliefs."
The Arizona Republic in Phoenix reached out to Americans United for an opinion. AU Associate Legal Director Alex J. Luchenitser agreed with the AHA that the post was problematic.
"This Facebook post and similar posts that governor has placed on his official page in conjunction with Christian holidays contain expressly sectarian Christian language, usually Bible verses," Luchenitser said. "When the governor has posted messages on his Facebook page about Jewish holidays, they've been respectful but had very little religious content. As far as I can tell, he hasn't posted messages during the holidays of any other religion, so when you look at the overall pattern of posts, there's a clear message of favoritism...