ACLU calling for police department to stop posting Bible verses
MOUNDS, Okla. —ACLU of Oklahoma is calling for a police department to stop posting bible verses on its Facebook page.…
MOUNDS, Okla. —
ACLU of Oklahoma is calling for a police department to stop posting bible verses on its Facebook page.
The ACLU claims the Mounds Police Department is violating the Constitution by posting religious verses on the department’s Facebook page.
The police chief has been posting bible verses for almost a year.
Officials with the ACLU said the posts call into question whether or not the department can be trusted to adequately protect all those living under its jurisdiction.
Brady Henderson, legal director for the ACLU, released the following statement,
“Both the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and provisions of the Oklahoma Constitution protect against government officials establishing a state religion. The exclusive, pervasive promotion of the Christian faith by the Mounds Police Department represents a clear violation of those legal mandates. By promoting one specific religion on its official Facebook page, the Mounds Police Department has established clear preference for that faith above other faiths and above no religious faith at all. This kind of government interference with our religious freedom is simply not permissible under United States or Oklahoma law.
“In addition to the clear violation of one of the central tenets of American government, freedom of religion, the actions of the Mounds Police Department call into question whether or not the department can be trusted to adequately protect all those living under its jurisdiction, including members of minority faiths and those of no religious faith at all. By establishing a preference for the Christian faith, the department undermines confidence in their ability to perform their duties in a manner consistent with our understanding of one of our most basic and cherished liberties.”
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