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      Birmingham's police chief under fire over faith

      Birmingham's police chief is coming under fire over his faith.

      The Freedom From Religion Foundation is focusing on chief A.C. Roper.

      Roper is a Christian minister, and also works with a group promoting prayer as a crime deterrent. {}The foundation says Roper is not using his position properly. {}It says he promotes Christianity through actions like leading prayers at police gatherings.

      {} {} {}ABC 33/40 contacted a police spokesman about the matter. {}He said the department would not issue any statements or comments at this time.

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