Sheriff Mike Jolley of Harris County, Georgia made some waves recently by putting up an obnoxious sign:
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!
The sentiment is no different than that offered by Tea Partiers and religious social conservatives everywhere, but it’s definitely a bit chilling that it was erected by a man whose duty it is to represent and protect all who reside in his county.
As Hemant noted,
Nothing on it is technically illegal. But it’s the sort of “Christian cheer” that includes a subtle “fuck you” to anyone who might hold a different belief.
And that’s all that needed to be said on the subject, I thought.
But Andrew Seidel, a staff attorney at the Freedom From Religion Foundation who is also a Patheos blogger, is so perturbed that, in addressing the Harris County sign, he loses himself in some pretty heated invective.