- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An atheist organization is complaining about the way Birmingham’s police chief mixes his job and religion.

A.C. Roper is a Christian minister besides being police chief in Alabama’s largest city. He also works with a group that promotes prayer as a crime solution.

But the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained Wednesday that Roper is misusing his position to promote Christianity. The group also says Roper imposes Christian prayers at police gatherings.

A spokesman says Roper has no immediate comment. But an online video by Roper says one of Birmingham’s biggest problems is a “lack of godliness.”

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation says faith-based activities don’t reduce crime. It also claims areas with the highest concentration of believers have the worst societal ills.