Sheriff Mike Jolley has paid for a new sign outside the Harris County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office that tells people to leave the area if they don't agree with his religious statements (video below).
The sign reads: "WARNING: Harris County is politically in-correct. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and in God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you ... LEAVE!" reports WRBL.
Jolley posted a picture of him posing with the sign to his Instagram account on Nov. 24.
Jolley told the news station how he served in the military and fought for everyone's rights to believe differently, even though his sign tells them to leave.
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“I spent 20 years in the army to give everyone the right not to agree with it, and to voice their opinion if they’re not and that’s fine," Jolley stated. "But after being the sheriff of Harris County for 23 years, I believe that the vast majority of my citizens here in Harris County agree with what’s on that sign."
Jolley says he is receiving donations for the cost of the sign, and inquiries from other people who want to put up a similar sign telling Americans to leave.
The problem with the sign may not be its political incorrectness, as Jolley claims, but rather the legality of placing it on government property.
The American Humanist Association released a statement/letter on Nov. 25 to Jolley and local officials notes WTVM:
"While some residents of your community may support a sign with such a message, there can be no question that it conveys a religiously biased message that is invidious toward those who do not hold theistic, and particularly Christian, views.
"For a government official to affirmatively order those who do not support 'Merry Christmas' to leave the community, to expressly state that visitors must accept 'God Bless America' and other theistic messaging, is unquestionably an unconstitutional act of hostility."