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.