According to Opp, Alabama police, the increase of county-wide homicides have risen due to Satan and citizens’ overall rejection of God.
In a since-deleted Facebook post, the police department discussed the five murders that the county faced in 2018 and linked them to people of non-Christian faith.
However ridiculous this sounds, the census did see quite a jump this year. According to the Huffington Post, the small 6,500-person town only saw two murders in a 10-year span between 2007 and 2017. Additionally, the Facebook post follows two gunshot murders that happened over the course of two days.
“THESE MURDERS HAVE BEEN DONE BY OUR YOUNG PEOPLE,” the post reads in all-caps. “THIS IS HAPPENING BECAUSE WE HAVE TURNED AWAY FROM GOD AND EMBRACED SATAN. WE MAY NOT HAVE MEANT TO DO SO BUT, WE HAVE. IT IS TIME WE ASK FOR GOD’S HELP TO STOP THIS.”
The post then issues a call for county-wide responsibility and for citizens to respect the work done by police.
“BOTTOM LINE, THERE ARE SHEEP,” the post says. “THERE ARE WOLVES AND THERE ARE SHEEP DOGS. WHICH GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO ?”
However, judging from the uncountable number of comments on unrelated posts saying, “Hail Satan,” or “666,” we think that the county didn’t take the police department’s notice too seriously.
You can read the full Facebook post below:
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. WE MAY HAVE NOT MEANT 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 has drawn criticism from a few anti-religion groups. One in particular, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, says that under oath, police must serve and protect everyone regardless of their religious beliefs.
In making this post, the Freedom From Religion Foundation says that they are eliciting bias against non-religious people.
“The department has very directly endorsed one religious ideology to the exclusion of minority religions and atheism, and decried Satanism,” attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation Sam Grover says in a statement. “Neither message is permissible.”
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