The Oklahoma ACLU are accusing police of violating the Constitution by posting Bible verses and calls to prayer on a department Facebook page.
The ACLU said in a Wednesday letter the Mounds Police Department Facebook page is a public representative of the department, so posts to the page are therefore government actions. ACLU is requesting city Mayor Rosa Jackson and Police Chief Antonio Porter immediately stop the posts or face legal action.
The letter seems to have had little effect, however, as the department posted an excerpt from Psalms Thursday morning.
“Sharing Bible verses, asking citizens to pray, and providing resources for Bible study directly supports and advocates for the Christian religion,” the ACLU said in the letter. “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. They are clear violations of a foundational constitutional principle of both the state of Oklahoma and the nation as a whole.”
The majority of the posts on the page are religious, and therefore allegedly unconstitutional. This includes a call to prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 28.
The vast majority of comments on the posts are supportive, with many calling for the department to stand up against the ACLU.
“I just saw the article where the ACLU is wanting you to quit your post on Facebook,” commenter Brian Walker wrote. “I know I for one enjoy reading them and would support you and telling the ACLU to go stick it where the sun don’t shine.”
Others, however, were less accommodating.
“I’m sure everyone who follows this page would be perfectly fine if they posted Koran verses everyday? Am I right?” asked Tim Krahling Jr., who according to his Facebook page lives in Maryland and identifies as a “militant atheist.”
The Mounds Police Department did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation in time for publication.
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