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Sheriff's 'politically incorrect' sign draws strong reaction

By Stephanie Pedersen

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.com

Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley posted a new sign Tuesday morning outside of his office that says, "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!"
Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley posted a new sign Tuesday morning outside of his office that says, "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!" Photo from D&S Sign Company's Facebook page

In an effort to "stir people's belief and patriotism," Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley posted a new sign Tuesday morning outside of his department that says his county is politically incorrect, and if you have a problem with that, you can leave.

Paid for by Jolley, 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!"

Jolly said Tuesday he was tired of the silent majority becoming "more silent."

"It's time for the silent majority to stand up for our beliefs and not be ashamed," he said.

He's received overwhelming support for the sign that cost him $553, he said. He purchased it from D&S Sign Company on Linwood Boulevard in Columbus. Jolley said several citizens have wanted to post one on their property.

Some have even sent checks.

"The sign has been purchased double," he said.

"I'm humbled by all of the support," the sheriff said. "Surprised and humbled by it. Maybe the silent majority isn't going to be silent anymore."

Jolley said he has approximately 75 employees in his office. When asked how those who perhaps aren't Christians may feel, Jolley said "they're more than welcome to worship whatever God they choose fit."

"For me and mine, we worship Jesus Christ."

As for what he hopes to achieve with the sign, Jolly said, "Coming up on Thanksgiving, maybe somebody will be thankful for something we have. …"

Jolley has been the sheriff of Harris County for six terms.

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