In Georgia, Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley said he personally paid for the welcome sign outside of his department that causing quite a bit of controversy. The sign had a strong message for visitors.
“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!” the sign read.
Sheriff Jolley told the Ledger-Enquirer that the sign is to “stir people’s belief and patriotism” and because he didn’t want the silent majority to become “more silent.”
“It’s time for the silent majority to stand up for our beliefs and not be ashamed,” he said. The sign, which cost him out of pocket just over $500, has been “purchased double” by people who sent checks as a gesture of support.
“I’m humbled by all of the support,” he said. “Surprised and humbled by it. Maybe the silent majority isn’t going to be silent anymore.”
With all the controversy around the sign it quickly went viral, with many praising Jolley for his effort to stand up for what he called the silent majority.
“GOOD FOR HIM, this country needs more of this. You stand for the National Anthem, and you respect our Veterans. Thousands gave their lives just so you could live in the land of the free. If you don’t like it LEAVE, heard Syria has openings,” – one Facebook user.
Then other viewers feel like Jolley was forcing his beliefs on others and discouraging freedom of speech.
“The wording on the sign doesn’t offend me at all..what DOES offend me is his hubris. He has a HUGE chip on his shoulder and he assumes EVERYBODY that passes through his town is going to be offended at his ‘civility,’” one reader wrote.
Do you think the sign was justified?