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Alabama police department says a spike in crime is because young people have embraced Satan

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A police department in Alabama, blamed a recent spike in the crime rate for young people is the lack of support for God.

The now-deleted post by the Opp Police Department on Tuesday linked a rise in murders to the idea that people are rejecting God and are now “embraced Satan.”

“THESE KILLINGS ARE DONE BY OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. THIS IS HAPPENING BECAUSE WE HAVE turned away FROM GOD AND EMBRACED SATAN,” a part of the message read. “WE MAY HAVE NOT INTENDED TO DO THAT BUT WE HAVE. IT IS TIME TO ASK FOR GOD’S HELP TO STOP THIS.”

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The statement, which said five murders had taken place in the province in 2018, followed two gunshot homicides in Covington County on the Alabama-Florida line.

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Sam Grover, an attorney for the Freedom of Religion Of the group, said that the message of the police crossed the line between the separation of church and state.

“The ministry has directly endorsed a religious ideology to the exclusion of minority religions and atheism, and belittled Satanism,” he said in a statement. “No message is allowed.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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