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ICC Note: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently contacted the mayor of Mounds, Oklahoma, sharing its concerns over a local police department’s social media page. The ACLU suggested that the Bible verses and prayer requests that the police department posts on Facebook are unconstitutional, as it would appear as a government endorsement of Christianity. Although the group threatened a lawsuit if these posts continue, the police chief told a local television station that he does not plan to stop.

By Heather Clark

09/14/2017 United States (Christian News Network) – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has requested that a police department in Oklahoma stop posting Scripture to social media, asserting that doing so violates the U.S. Constitution.

The ACLU of Oklahoma sent a letter to the mayor of Mounds on Wednesday to express concern about the biblical posts, which were referred to as a “clear establishment of religion.”

“Sharing Bible verses, asking citizens to pray, and providing resources for Bible study directly supports and advocates for the Christian religion,” the group wrote. “These posts serve no secular purpose and instead exist solely to share the teachings of a particular religion and encourage the reader to participate in the practice of that religion.”

“As the official Facebook page of a city police department, the account’s direct advocacy of the Christian religion is not only inappropriate but unconstitutional.”

The ACLU further contended in a statement, “[T]he 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.”

The group has threatened a lawsuit if the police department continues to post Scripture on its Facebook page.

Mounds Police Chief Antonio Porter, who also serves as pastor of Wayland Baptist Church in Eufaula, told local television station KTUL that he is only “doing something positive for the community” and that he has no plans to stop encouraging others to do honor God and do right.


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