AFA has just learned that NASA has directed the name of "Jesus" to be ousted from a publication coming out of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
The censorship began last May, when the employee-based Praise and Worship Club placed an announcement in the space center's newsletter, announcing the theme of their meeting, "Jesus is our life."
Soon after the newsletter hit the stands, the legal department called the organizers and told them they could not use the name Jesus in their announcements. The club's leadership was also told that "NASA would be censoring all future club announcements that featured the name, 'Jesus'."
NASA's legal department explained that including the name "Jesus" within the club's announcement made that announcement "sectarian" or "denominational." They also alleged such announcements would cause NASA to violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
We think NASA has become confused. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, not censorship of religion."