ACLU of Oklahoma Calls for End to Religious Proselytizing by Oklahoma Police Department

ACLU of Oklahoma Calls for End to Religious Proselytizing by Oklahoma Police Department

In response to multiple violations of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment from the Mounds Police Department on the official department Facebook page, the ACLU of Oklahoma released the following statement:

The following is attributable to Brady Henderson, Legal Director:

“Both the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and provisions of the Oklahoma Constitution protect against government officials establishing a state religion. The exclusive, pervasive promotion of the Christian faith by the Mounds Police Department represents a clear violation of those legal mandates. By promoting one specific religion on its official Facebook page, the Mounds Police Department has established clear preference for that faith above other faiths and above no religious faith at all. This kind of government interference with our religious freedom is simply not permissible under United States or Oklahoma law.

 

In addition to the clear violation of one of the central tenets of American government, freedom of religion, the actions of the Mounds Police Department call into question whether or not the department can be trusted to adequately protect all those living under its jurisdiction, including members of minority faiths and those of no religious faith at all. By establishing a preference for the Christian faith, the department undermines confidence in their ability to perform their duties in a manner consistent with our understanding of one of our most basic and cherished liberties.”

http://acluok.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Letter-to-the-City-of-Mounds.pdf

The ACLU of Oklahoma issued the attached letter to the Mounds Police Department on September 13 informing the department of their Constitutional violations.