Harris County, Georgia, Sheriff Mike Jolley recently appeared on "Fox and Friends" to defend a controversial new sign that he placed outside the sheriff's office telling people to leave the area if they don't agree with his religious and patriotic beliefs (video below).
The sign states: "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!"
"Fox and Friends" co-hosts Peter Douchey and Anna Kooiman were all smiles as they asked Jolley about his sign, notes CrooksAndLiars.com.
Douchey tried to frame the controversy being about Jolley's sign simply saying "Merry Christmas" and "We support our troops."
Jolley said that he was "catching heat" because he placed the sign on government property, but claimed he could because he is the "custodian" of the property.
Jolley went on to say that the "silent majority has been silent for way too long."
Kooiman mentioned the American Humanist Association, which recently sent Jolly a letter demanding the sign be taken down.
WRBL reported that the letter stated: “The sign is openly hostile to those who don’t agree with the sheriff’s religious views. Even devout Christians should realize that such actions by public officials reflect poorly on the community, sending an ugly message of intolerance.”
The American Humanist Association also claimed that the sign violates the First and Fourteenth Amendment.
Back on "Fox and Friends," Jolley claimed he wasn't actually ordering people to leave the county, even though his sign orders people to leave.
"I hope they're not naive enough to think that I can order anyone to leave my county," Jolley stated. "This isn't the Old West where they got until sundown to get out of town, but if it truly offends someone they're more than welcome to leave."
Jolley recalled how he served in the army for 20 years to give people the right to disagree, which also seemed to contradict his sign and his next comment.
"Hopefully if they disagree, they can voice that opinion, but if it offends them, truly offends them, maybe they're in the wrong country," Jolley added.
Kooiman congratulated Jolley for being "bold in your faith" and "bold about patriotism."