Facebook Page Draws Complaint From Group Over Bible Verses

Aug 20, 2015

A Wisconsin-based organization says 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 the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained, but was later told the site was private and not under the control of city government.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that officials have asked for the state attorney general's opinion on the matter.

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

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