Hemant shines a spotlight on Harlem, Georgia Police Chief Gary Jones, who insists that the city’s official Facebook page is an appropriate place for him to preach at the taxpayers of his city, telling them that they should hit their kids and go to his church. Here’s the first one:
There are many kids that have been raised in Godly homes that have went astray at no fault of the parent(s); however, too many have went astray due to parents failing to discipline and get involved in their children’s lives. The Police cannot raise your kids. Parents must become the disciplinarian and impose and enforce rules. The law does not prohibit a parent or guardian from spanking their children. The law says that parents may administer reasonable corporal punishment. No, it is not reasonable to strike a child with a bat or other object, but you can use a belt and strike their rear-ends. This may offend some parents that do not believe in spanking, and to you I say statistics are against you. Parents be nosy, check behind your kids and never assume that they will always be truthful. Doing these very things just may save the life of your child. Fathers you are the head of the home and God will hold you accountable. Get your children in church and teach them about the one and only true Saviour…Jesus Christ.
Wow, so much stupid. Notice that if a kid is raised in a “Godly” home, it can’t be the fault of their parents if they “go astray.” I imagine non-religious parents do not get such benefit of the doubt because, well, they’re heathens and that makes them automatically bad parents. And why on earth does he think it’s his place, in his official capacity, to tell people that God will hold them accountable? He has every right to express such a belief, but not officially. This is no less a violation than if he had said so on city letterhead.
So after taking some heat, he refuses to back down and screams “religious freedom”:
As expected, our most recent post regarding the diciplining of children and christianity has ruffled some feathers. Some folks are upset about me using the word God or Jesus Christ on a page that’s associated with the Harlem Department of Public Safety. This country was founded on the principles of God. We have allowed the government to remove him from the courtrooms, the schools and other places. I will lead this agency acknowledging Jesus Christ as my Savior. He guides my daily walk and directs me in the decisions that I make, to include those decisions made as a Department Head. I have never claimed to be perfect or sinless; however, I am proud to say that I need God in my life. This page does not necessarily reflect the same views or opinions of the City, but they are mine and I will continue to operate this agency with God first. Those that are of a different belief, to simply put it, don’t read our posts. I love you anyway. God Bless!
I laughed out loud at the statement that we have “allowed the government to remove him from the courtrooms, the schools and other places.” That ranks up there with “keep the government out of my Medicare.” Those places are the government. And that’s exactly why religion has no place there. The government has absolutely no authority to direct the religious actions of citizens. And I guarantee you that Jones would be the first to tell you that he’s in favor of “smaller government.” Irony!