The sheriff of Harris County, Georgia, has put up a “politically incorrect” sign in his office to speak out on behalf of what he calls the “silent majority.”
Sheriff Mike Jolley put up the sign Nov. 24 after purchasing it for around $500 with his own money, media reports say.
“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 sign reads, according to the Columbus Ledger Enquirer.
Jolley argues that too many people stay quiet about their beliefs.
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“It's time for the silent majority to stand up for our beliefs and not be ashamed,” he told the Ledger Enquirer.
Since Jolley put up the sign, he says the local community has supported him, and even given donations.
“The sign has been purchased double,” he added.
Responses on Facebook were mixed, with some supporting the sentiment while others wrote it was over the top.
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Jolley says he does not have a problem if any of his 75 employees disagree with the sign’s message.
“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,” he told WLTZ.
But he maintains the vast majority is behind him and thinks the sign could spread.
“We've gotten several hundred emails, Instagrams, Facebook comments and many citizens in my county want to buy one and put it on their property so you'll probably be seeing many more of these throughout the county,” Jolley said.
The American Humanist Association (AHA) is one group which disagrees with Jolley’s sign.
“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,” the AHA wrote in a statement to WTVM.
“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,” it added.