MOUNDS, Okla. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is asking the Mounds Police Department to stop sharing religious messages on the department's official Facebook page.
Citing the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the ACLU claims the department has posted multiple violations on Facebook.
According to a letter sent to Mayor Rosa Jackson by the ACLU, the posts include "quotations of Bible verses, calls to prayer and links to Bible study."
The letter also states:
Officials said the letter was sent on Wednesday. At 6:24 a.m., the following post was put up on the Mounds Police Facebook page:
The ACLU provided the following statement from legal director Brady Henderson:
Antonio Porter, the Mounds Chief of Police, responded to the letter, saying he isn't concerned about the ACLU and only wants to give words of encouragement to society.
He told FOX23 Wednesday that he 100 percent believes in giving words of comfort and encouragement in times of negativity. He said he's received positive feedback from those who have read what he's posted.
"With all the negativity in the world, it is time for people to start coming together with positive words and prayer," Porter said.
The police department posted an image to Facebook on Thursday showing what appears to be a letter of support from two Oklahoma elected officials.
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