The American Humanist Association’s Apignini Humanist Legal Center has sent a letter to the officials in a county in Tennessee, where the local sheriff’s department has adopted an official seal that contains a cross and the word ‘Christ’ as one of the things they’re dedicated to.
Today the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter on behalf of a concerned citizen to Humphreys County officials in Waverly, Tennessee in regards to a seal featuring a Christian cross and the word “Christ” adopted by the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the letter, the seal violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by promoting religion over non-religion and Christianity in particular. The seal prominently displays the word “Christ” and a Christian cross at its center. An image of the seal can be viewed above.
“The cross is the preeminent symbol of Christianity, and the display of it on an official, law enforcement seal sends the unequivocal message that the government is promoting religion,” said Monica Miller, an attorney with the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. “The seal also sends the message that non-Christians such as atheists and humanists are outsiders, not welcome in their own community,” she added.“Promotion of Christianity by a sheriff’s office marginalizes individuals of minority religions and with no religion,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “Doing so can coerce non-Christians into conforming to the approved religion of law enforcement.”
Here’s the seal:
Obviously inappropriate and unconstitutional.