JONESBORO, Ark. — Officials with a city in Arkansas have deleted several Facebook posts that include quotes from the Bible or other Christian sayings following a complaint from a prominent atheist activist organization.
According to reports, the Jonesboro 911 dispatch page had featured a number of Christian-related posts, such as “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Have a great day!” and “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.”
In response to an anonymous complaint, the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to Mayor Harrold Perrin, declaring that whoever is posting the religious references on Facebook must cease.
“It is inappropriate for Dispatch Jonesboro to indicate a preference for Christianity and religion by quoting the Christian Bible, posting prayers, and sharing postings asking people to pray on the official dispatcher Facebook page,” the correspondence read. “This proselytizing message gives the appearance of government endorsement of Christianity. It also conflicts with personal religious and nonreligious views of many city residents and employees.” Read More