- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - An organization contends that Bible verses posted on a Facebook page operated by the director of 911 emergency dispatch services in Craighead County constitutes a government endorsement of religion.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin initially ordered that the religious material be taken off the page after Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation complained, but was later told the site was private and not under the control of city government, The Jonesboro Sun (https://bit.ly/1K8nona ) reported.

Officials asked earlier this month for the state attorney general’s opinion on the matter. Fritz Gisler, the city’s director of communications, said Tuesday that it may up to 12 weeks before officials receive a response from the attorney general’s office.

The page, formerly called “Dispatch Jonesboro,” is called “Presley Dispatch” and provides alerts on traffic accidents, weather events or other law enforcement or public safety topics.

At least one resident who’s an atheist said he has been blocked from viewing the site.

“For literally being a reader and nothing more, I was singled out - out of thousands - because of my views on religion,” said resident Stan Morris.

Gisler said a “strongly worded state that this page is not associated with the city or county” has been added to the Facebook page.


Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, https://www.jonesborosun.com

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