The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a group of Christians who had worked for NASA.
The JSC Praise & Worship Club was directed by NASA attorneys to refrain from using the name ‘Jesus’ in club announcements that appeared in a Space Center newsletter.
The JSC Today newsletter was distributed electronically and included a number of Space Center events – from salsa dancing lessons to soccer camp.
A NASA engineer said “It was shocking to all of us and very frustrating, NASA has a long history of respecting religious speech. Why wouldn’t they allow us to put the name Jesus in the announcement about our club?”
Employees had gathered during their lunch hour to pray and sing and read the Bible and previously there had been no censorship issues. Then the club had placed an announcement in the Space Center’s newsletter – announcing the theme of their meeting, “Jesus is our life.”
Soon after that, the NASA legal department called the organizers and told them they could not use the name Jesus in their announcements. They said, no Jesus.
The club’s leadership was told that NASA would be censoring all future club announcements that featured the name, ‘Jesus’.
The club organizers offered to provide a disclaimer, notifying readers that the announcement was private speech and was not endorsed by NASA or any other government agency. However, that offer was rejected as “insufficient.”
Previously, on Christmas Eve, 1968 – the crew of Apollo 8 read the Creation story as they orbited the moon. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Frank Borman and Bill Anders took turns reading from the Book of Genesis.
And NASA defended the astronauts after atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair filed a federal lawsuit. The Supreme Court dismissed the suit due to lack of jurisdiction. Since after all, the Lord God is the Maker of Heaven and Earth.
But now in the Last Days NASA said no name of Jesus. This was a sign of the Last Days. For Jesus said in Matthew 24:9 that Biblical Christians would be hated on for His name’s sake.
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