Sheriff tells atheist group he will not remove Bible verse from department wall

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The Freedom from Religion Foundation is again claiming to be threatened by the beliefs of Christians, and maintains that when you work for the government, you become an appendage of the state and lose the freedom to state your own religion.

This time it is a quote from the Bible that was painted in the hall of a North Carolina law enforcement agency:

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)

The Freedom from Religion Foundation, which in all likelihood never had to execute a search warrant, talk to a hostage taker or even look at a murder or car crash victim or abused child, is demanding that the quote be removed and is hinting at legal action.

Columbus County sheriff Jody Greene posted a statement on Facebook saying he intends to keep the verse on the wall, however, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.

“I am not scared of much, but I am afraid of burning in Hell,” Greene said in the post. “The Freedom from Religion Foundation, mocks Christians’ fear of burning in Hell. According to their Facebook page, they have a contest for the Unabashed Atheist/Nonbeliever of the Week. … It is time, past time, to stand up. So let me be clear, I will not (waver) on my stance and Christian beliefs.”

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As is their usual tactic, foundation officials say “a concerned citizen” complained to them about the quote on the office wall in Whiteville, about 115 miles south of Raleigh. Greene has an “obligation to provide all citizens with an environment free from religious endorsement by removing this exclusionary display,” foundation officials declared in a Dec. 14 news release, as if some residents were being excluded from receiving police services.

“The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office must serve all citizens equally, whether Christian or non-Christian,” FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor says in the release. “A blatantly Christian message in a law enforcement division sends a message of exclusion.”

Only who has been denied services?

Greene went on to write: “How absurd! … Companies spend thousands of dollars on motivational classes, to come up with motivational slogans. My motivation comes from the greatest motivational speaker of all times, Jesus Christ.”

Greene’s post drew more than 1,600 reactions in three hours, many from backers urging him to “stay strong.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. Stand Strong Sheriff,
    If they don’t believe in God they should be turning their attention to things they do believe in.
    Leave it for those of us that Know Our God Is Real!!!!!!

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