Atheist Group Forces Louisiana Sheriff’s Office to Remove Christian Facebook Posts

A Louisiana sheriff’s office has removed Christian-themed posts that cited biblical passages from its Facebook page after it received a complaint from one of the United States’ most prominent atheist legal organizations.

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office has removed posts that shared scripture and promoted Christian content after it was pressured to do so by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization that advocates for a strict separation of church and state, last summer.

FFRF staff attorney Andrew Seidel sent a letter to Sheriff Randy Seal last June that complained about how Seal was quoting Scripture in his official statements and how the office’s public Facebook page was promoting Christianity and posting Bible verses.

The FFRF is known for sending letters to school districts and local government offices warning that they might be sued if Christianity or Judaism are perceived as being advocated by administrators, faculty or city officials.

According to the letter, a concerned local resident contacted FFRF about the issue. The letter details a number of instances in which Seal or his office have shared scripture or promoted Christianity through social media.

Last June, the cover photo for sheriff’s office Facebook page stated, “Lord when I sit in the chair of leadership, please do not let it be said that the chair is still empty.”

The letter also complained about an Easter 2017 Facebook post from the office’s account that read, “Around the world today Christians unite to celebrate the sacrifice and resurrection of our Savior Jesus.”

Seidel also voiced displeasure with a Christmas post in December 2016 that read: “Many centuries ago, the Jewish Prophet Isaiah said, ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace,’ (Isaiah 9:6 KJV). That prophecy was fulfilled hundreds of years later with the birth of Jesus, and it is His birth that we celebrate during this Christmas season.”

FFRF was also upset that Seal hosted a prayer event in September 2015 and used the office’s Facebook page to promote it with a post that cited Psalms 145:18, Philippians 4:6, and 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Other posts from the Facebook page through the years have cited passages like John 15:13.

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Source: Christian Post