Atheist activists aren't taking too kindly to a Georgia sheriff's "politically incorrect" sign proclaiming that those who are offended by people who say "Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust" can simply "leave" the area.
The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, an atheist law firm, sent a Nov. 25 warning letter to Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley after he placed the sign — which was self-funded — on public property outside of his office, calling the act unconstitutional.
As TheBlaze previously reported, the sign reads, "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!"
Politically incorrect T-shirts
The atheist legal firm is also taking aim at Jolley's sale of T-shirts that carry this same message; these shirts are currently available for sale on the sheriff's office website.
"Far from being a politically incorrect joke, the Harris County sheriff’s sign and T-shirts are an egregious violation of the Establishment Clause," Appignani Humanist Legal Center attorney Monica Miller said in a statement. "Many local citizens object to the divisive message of the sign and T-shirts, which send a disturbing message of intolerance."
Attorneys for the atheist organization are demanding that the sign be moved to private property and that the T-shirts no longer be made available for sale on the county website.
"This sheriff is a bully, using his position of power to intimidate those who don't accept his inherently discriminatory 'God and Country' rhetoric," Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, said in a statement. "But in our great country, government doesn't have the right to exclude members of the community just because they don't follow the dominant faith."
Jolley was unavailable for comment when TheBlaze phoned his office on Wednesday.
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