MOUNDS, Okla. (AP) — A police chief south of Tulsa says he’ll stop posting to his agency’s Facebook page after receiving backlash for writing religious messages.
The Tulsa World reports the Mounds Police Department came under fire after the ACLU argued the department violated the First Amendment because they promoted Christianity without discussing the merits of other religions.
ACLU of Oklahoma legal director Brady Henderson says the department’s posts violated the U.S. and Oklahoma constitutions against government officials establishing a state religion.
Mounds Police Chief Antonio Porter says such posts will be made on a page called Mounds Pastoring Devotionals. He says he decided to move the posts to “avoid any argument about the purpose of what I am doing.”
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Porter says he never intended to cause conflict or put his town at risk.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com