Sheriff Mike Jolley of Georgia has been getting a lot of attention over the past week after posting a welcome sign at the county line that says “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!”
Not surprisingly, according to Fox News, the sheriff has been receiving a lot of support for the sign, which he paid for with his own money.
But not surprisingly, he's also been receiving criticism, especially from humanist organizations.
According to according to CBS affiliate WRBL, The American Humanist Association's director commented, “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.”
According to the UK Telegraph, the Freedom from Religion Foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor said, "It reminds me of the 'don't get caught in this town after sundown' signs that used to go up in segregated America."
But according to a World Net Daily column, Chuck Norris thinks that comparison is crazy.
Norris writes: "Really? So 'Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag' are now racial slurs? Jolley knew someone would legally challenge his sign as a violation of the First Amendment’s alleged separation of church and state tenets, but to label his sign as racial bigotry is a new low.
According to the martial artist and former actor, Jolley says he created the sign to “stir people’s belief and patriotism. I believe it’s time for the silent majority to stand up for our beliefs and not be ashamed."
But critics are attacking the sign for potentially violating people's freedom of speech in Harris County. On the other hand, Chuck Norris says the The American Humanist Association is seeking to violate Jolley's freedom of speech by demanding he take the sign down.
Norris writes, "I’m sure America’s founders are rolling in their graves over accusations that Jolley is violating First Amendment rights based upon his mere expression and exercise of them."
Where do you stand on this issue? Should we have more of these types of signs, or is it "an ugly message of intolerance?"