On Mother's Day, Florida Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Lewis hopped on Facebook, and like millions of others, posted a message to mark the holiday that holds such a special place in the hearts of so many:
"Happy Mothers day to all the crack hoes out there," Lewis wrote. "It'[s] never too late to turn it around, tie your tubes, clean up your life and make a difference to someone out there that deserves a better mother."
While Lewis received 11 "likes" and some playful chiding on Facebook, others didn't take so kindly to his post.
"He's a public official and he needs to be reminded of that," Dana Jackson of Justice for All Ministries told WFTV-TV in Orlando. "He's paid with the tax dollars and he's paid to prosecute and keep the evil off the streets not to degrade mothers."
Nichol Rolle, who said she was born crack-addicted and given up for adoption at the age of 2, suggested that Lewis should be taught a different approach.
"Maybe some classes on compassion and forgiving," Rolle told WFTV.
But Lewis isn't backing away from his statement. In fact, he told WFTV that it was meant as "an inspirational message to do the right thing."
Criminal defense attorney Carlus Haynes took issue with Lewis' stance: "I think that's a cop-out, a way of trying to save himself," Haynes told WFTV, adding that Lewis' post calls into question how fairly he treats those he prosecutes.
"I would think it would be impossible to at least continue in his position without being reprimanded by his employer," Haynes told WFTV.
Well, speaking of Lewis' boss — Ninth Circuit State Attorney Jeff Ashton — he's apparently not going to make Haynes, Jackson, Rolle, or many others very happy.
"I have been made aware of certain statements attributed to Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Lewis on social media," Ashton said in a statement to WFTV's request for comment. "I do not agree with the political sentiments expressed by him and I find some of the words he chose to be both offensive and dehumanizing. Political speech is protected by the first amendment of the United States Constitution and I do not police the private thoughts, views or expressions of those in my employ."
Interestingly, Lewis followed up his Mother's Day post with several others dealing with the decline of free speech in America.
On May 12 Lewis decried the backlash against those who criticized openly gay Michael Sam's kiss with his boyfriend after being drafted by the NFL: "REALLY, Do human beings no longer have a right to opinions? What kind of country is this becoming?"
[sharequote align="center"]"Do human beings no longer have a right to opinions?"[/sharequote]
On May 14 Lewis doubled down: "Remember the last regime that told you how you have to think and that punished you for thinking in a way that was different from 'the mob'? That mob was called the SS and that place was Nazi Germany. The results weren't pretty there and they won't be pretty here. The Land of the Free in the National Anthem should be changed to the land of the spied on and land of the politically correct according to the left."