Mounds police will stop posting religious messages on department Facebook page

MOUNDS, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • The ACLU asked Mounds police to stop sharing religious messages on the department's Facebook page.
  • Officials from the Mounds Police Department posted today that the messages will not be shared on the official page, but a private account instead.

Mounds police posted to the department's official Facebook page Thursday that they will no longer use the account to share religious messages.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma sent city officials a letter last week asking them to stop due to multiple violations of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Multiple posts on the page consist of Bible verses.

Chief of Police Antonio Porter first responded by saying he wasn't concerned about the ACLU and only wanted to spread words of encouragement.

A week later, a post on the Facebook page stated that in order to avoid any risk for the town, the daily scriptures will now be posted on a private Facebook page.

The response I have received has convinced me that my message is important to many and worth sharing with others. However, I would never want to place my Town at risk for any claim or "fight," and instead would rather focus on the positive that was intended. In order to avoid any argument about the purpose of what I am doing, future posts will be on the private citizens Facebook page known as MPD (Mounds Pastoring Devotionals).

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