Police Department in Rural Alabama Town Says Rise in Juvenile Crime is Because ‘We Have Turned Away from God and Embraced Satan’

A police vehicle at the City of Opp Police Department in Alabama. | (Photo: Facebook)

The Opp Police Department in a rural Alabama town has come under fire from an atheist group for publicly blaming the town’s growing juvenile crime rate on residents embracing Satan and turning away from God.

The controversy erupted Tuesday after the police department made the claim on Tuesday in a since deleted post on their Facebook page.

“This past Sunday, a young man was shot and killed in Kinston. Monday night, a mother was shot and killed in Northern Covington County. There have been five murders in Covington County in 2018. These murders have been done by our young people. This is happening because we have turned away from God and embraced Satan,” the police department stated.

The police department then urged the small town of 6,500 to seek God’s help in bringing down the crime rate and be better parents.

“We may have not meant (sic) to do so but, we have. It is time to ask for God’s help to stop this. It is time to be parents and raise our children, not have them raise us. It is time to fully support law enforcement and stand by the officers and deputies that are far too often having to walk into these dangerous situations and clean up the mess. Friends, it is time to stand up and be responsible, grown up leaders in our community. Bottom line, there are sheep; there are wolves and there are sheep dogs. Which group do you belong to?” the post ended.

Reacting a day later to the post, the FFRF called the statement inappropriate and called on the police department to retract it.

“The department has very directly endorsed one religious ideology to the exclusion of minority religions and atheism, and decried Satanism. Neither message is permissible,” FFRF Associate Counsel Sam Grover said in a press statement.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair