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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sheriff Won’t Cop Out On Religious Freedom

This time, the atheist troublemakers called The Freedom From Religion Foundation picked the wrong man to try to bully. Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Florida is not the slightest bit intimidated by bullying tactics. Apparently, the atheists decided to criticize Judd's clothes at a church meeting in April. As he has done at countless events, the Florida sheriff wore his uniform to deliver a speech at a local church. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is clamoring that this was an official County endorsement of religion.

So the atheists fired off a letter accusing Judd of violating the Establishment Clause and abusing his elected position. Judd says he finds this notion "humorous." The Freedom From Religion Foundation and other atheist groups like to use judicial scare tactics to force people like Sheriff Judd to conform to their unconstitutional and narrow definition of religious expression. Their tactics are not working on Judd. He boldly stated that "If they want to file a lawsuit and try to stop me, they're certainly free to do that. But at the end of the day, we will prevail, and they will lose, because what I'm doing is perfectly legal, and they can pay for my legal fees."

The people of Polk County, Florida have rallied behind their Sheriff in this battle against the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation. Judd was overwhelmingly elected twice to the office of Sheriff, and many say that he is “a sheriff whose life and message, speech and conduct, is consistent with everything the uniform stands for." Why are atheist groups so eager to target upstanding people like this? Sheriff Judd’s pastor summed up the views of the people of Polk County by saying, "In a day when political correctness has run amuck, it is refreshing to hear a man speak with truth and conviction on the things that matter most."

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