Last week, the owner of a family-owned bakery made news when he posted a sign in the window of his four central Ohio locations proclaiming the bakery to be “politically incorrect.”

Now, a county sheriff is following suit with a similar sign and gaining national attention for what he says is his attempt to “stir people’s belief and patriotism.”

Sheriff Mike Jolley of Harris County, Georgia, added the large “WARNING” directly underneath the county’s official sign giving notice that:

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“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!”

Jolley said his employees saw the wording in articles about the Ohio bakery and thought a similar sign would be especially appropriate at the beginning of the holiday season.

The six-term sheriff paid $553 to a local firm for the sign.

The reaction has, so far, been overwhelmingly positive, as it has been for the Schuler family bakery in Ohio.

Facebook users have posted thanks for his stand against the politically correct attitudes prevalent around the country today. Some have even sent chocolates for Christmas, along with suggestions.

“This sign should be posted at every border crossing.”

“Beginning to see more and more of this encouraging pushback. How did everything considered right and good 30 years ago come to be considered right-wing extremism today?”

“Someone with courage. Imagine that. Congrats, Sheriff Jolley. May God bless you.”

Jolley said he has been “surprised and humbled” by the supportive comments he has received, but also welcomes opinions that do not hold the same views.

“I spent 20 years in the United States Army in defense of those people who want to say they don’t support the sign and I fought for that right for them to have the ability to say so.”

When asked  if he thought any non-Christians among the 75 employees of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office might be offended by the Christian sentiment of the sign, Jolley said, “they’re more than welcome to worship whatever God they choose fit.”

Jolley’s sign has, not unexpectedly, received attention from the American Civil Liberties Union, and Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, issued a statement saying “the sign reminds me of the “don't get caught in this town after sundown” signs that used to go up in segregated America.”

The sheriff has said he would not be surprised if a lawsuit is filed to challenge the posting of the sign as a violation of church and state provisions in the U.S. Constitution, but county officials say they do not believe it violates any law or ordinance.

“If a judge tells me to take it down, I’ll move it to private property. I’m not here to cost the county any money.”

Jolley has been sheriff in the county located midway between Atlanta and Montgomery, Alabama for 23 years. He said several residents have sent checks to his office to help reimburse him for the cost as an expression of gratitude for taking a stand against political correctness run amok.

Img: D&S Sign Co. / Facebook

 

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