WTVM Editorial 12/4/15: Harris Co. sign – sign of the times?

WTVM Editorial 12/4/15: Harris Co. sign – sign of the times?

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A new sign in Harris County, GA is making news and it's all about free speech.

Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley installed a welcome sign that even the sheriff himself calls "politically incorrect," but then that's really the point of the sign.

The sign reads: "Welcome to Harris County, Georgia! 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!"

Sheriff Jolley says he's been pleased to get positive feedback on the sign.

Our own WTVM web poll recorded that 90 percent of those who cast their votes approve of the sign and only 10 percent of those who responded to the poll say they disapprove.

The sheriff says he erected the sign to share his patriotic and Christian values, and he says he intends to keep speaking up for what he calls "The Silent Majority."

Predictably, less than a day later, a group called The American Humanist Association took Sheriff Jolley to task, saying the sign is unconstitutional and demands that it be removed. You can read the letter here.

The American Humanist Association says the sign is openly hostile to those who don't share the Sheriff's religious views.

Of course the sign's message is meant to be positive and even a little clever…and its very public display has already attracted attention beyond Harris County.

At a time when a variety of opinions and politically correct viewpoints from almost every kind of interest group get a great deal of media exposure, it ought to be just fine for Sheriff Jolley to exercise his own right to free speech.


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