Thursday, November 26, 2015

Georgia Sheriff's Christmas Sign Peeves Atheists

Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley personally paid for this county welcome sign because he says, "It's time for the silent majority to stand up for our beliefs and not be ashamed."
Welcome to Harris County, Georgia! WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you... LEAVE!
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-- from "Sheriff: 'Politically incorrect' sign meant to spur 'belief and patriotism'" by Ben Hooper, UPI 11/25/15

The sign, which bears a strong resemblance to a sign at Schuler's bakery in Springfield, Ohio, that went viral recently on Facebook, was purchased from D&S Sign Company for a cost of $553.

The sheriff said the money he spent on the sign has been reimbursed with donations from like-minded residents.

Jolley estimated his department employees about 75 people, and the non-Christians among them are "more than welcome to worship whatever God they choose fit."

"For me and mine, we worship Jesus Christ," he said.

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From "Sheriff's 'politically incorrect' sign draws strong reaction" by Stephanie Pedersen, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 11/24/15

"I'm humbled by all of the support," the sheriff said. "Surprised and humbled by it. Maybe the silent majority isn't going to be silent anymore."

As for what he hopes to achieve with the sign, Jolly said, "Coming up on Thanksgiving, maybe somebody will be thankful for something we have. …"

Jolley has been the sheriff of Harris County for six terms.

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From "Silly Sheriff: Ga. County Top Cop Says Agree With Me On Religion Or Get Out" by Simon Brown posted at Americans United for Separation of Church and State 11/25/15

Sometimes political correctness does go too far, but Sheriff Jolley’s sign is not a real effort to rein in the so-called “PC police.” Instead, he seeks a nation in which everyone shares a narrow set of beliefs or finds another place to live.

How confused can one guy get? In Jolley’s case, extremely confused. If Jolley were acting in his capacity as a private citizen, he could put up such a sign without issue. But the placement of an official-looking sign outside the sheriff’s office looks a lot like a government endorsement of belief over non-belief and possibly a violation of the First Amendment.

Beyond that, the sign calls Jolley’s ability to do his job into question. He has sent a message of intimidation to anyone who does not believe in God – or celebrate Christmas, for that matter. This action casts doubt on his ability to treat everyone fairly.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

From "Georgia sheriff posts ‘politically incorrect’ welcome sign" posted at WSB-TV2 (Atlanta, GA) 11/24/15

“Over the years, I’ve witnessed the silent majority grow and as a true patriot and a Christian, I felt it was time for the silent majority to speak up. I truly believe what’s on the sign,” Jolley told WTVM.

Jolley says he knows that not everyone will agree with or like what he posted, and he’s OK with that.

“I spent 20 years in the United States Army in defense of those people who want to say they don’t support the sign and I fought for that right to have the ability to say they don’t support it,” Jolley said.

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From "Human rights group denounces Harris County Sheriff Office sign" posted at WRBL-TV3 (Columbus, GA) 11/25/15

The American Humanist Association is demanding that this sign posted outside the Harris County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff Mike Jolley be taken down.

In a letter to the sheriff, they say a concerned citizen contacted them about the sign, which they say violates first amendment and fourteenth amendment rights.

Sheriff Jolley tells News 3 that he did get the letter, but he’s not concerned about it, in fact he said, “Threw it in the trash.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

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