Ateístas de Puerto Rico file a complaint against the Police for setting up a “faith road block”

On July 3, 2015 Ateístas de Puerto Rico (Atheists of Puerto Rico) filed a complaint in the Office of the General Comptroller of Puerto Rico, received and read by Egda Magaly Pagán Rivera. This complaint has also been made in the Office of Gubernatorial Ethics of Puerto Rico on July 6, as a consequence of the known "faith road-block" carried out by the Police Department of Barceloneta City on July 1st, on the street 140, under the bridge of the PR-22 highway, near the Barceloneta Prime Outlets shopping mall. During the "faith road-block", officers stopped people on the road for the purpose of preaching, distributing written religious propaganda and praying for drivers. It was a religious activity in which the Christian faith was professed, particularly of an Evangelical variant.
We understand that the Police Department of Barceloneta City has incurred in violations to the Constitution of the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico, which provide a clause for the separation of church and state, with quite a strong language. Article II, Section III says: "No law related to the establishment of any religion will be approved and the free exercise of religion will not be prohibited. There will be complete separation of church and state". We must also point out that Puerto Rico, as a territory, is under the protection of the Federal Constitution of the United States of America, which also provides a clause for the separation of church and state.

This BBSNews article was syndicated from Home, and written by Shakak Manteq. Read the original article here.

Shakak Manteq

Shakak Manteq is from Tehran, Iran and is the founder of Iranian Atheists & Agnostics.