Source: Associated Press
OPP, Ala. (AP) — A rural Alabama police department that used social media to scold community members for rejecting God came under fire from a group that opposes mixing government and religious faith.
A statement the Opp Police Department posted Tuesday on Facebook blamed a spike in area homicides on the idea that young people have turned away from God and “embraced Satan.” The post followed two gunshot killings in as many days in Covington County on the Alabama-Florida line.
But the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation said police in the town of 6,500 people were wrongly promoting religion with the social media message. It’s illegal for a government entity to endorse or criticize religious belief, the group said in a statement.