A Sheriff in Polk County, Florida has come under fire from atheist groups for allegedly violating the separation of church and state.
Sheriff Grady Judd delivered a sermon at a local Baptist church, when an atheist activist group sent a letter demanding that he no longer do so in uniform.
“You cannot preach in church as Sheriff Judd, you must do so as Mr. Judd, private citizen,” a lawyer for the group insisted.
Rather than back down, Judd has insisted he will continue to deliver church sermons where he sees fit, and how he sees fit.
In fact, he found the groups comments downright funny.
Via the Tampa Tribune:
On Monday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the sheriff, warning that preaching in uniform is a violation of the First Amendment. The complaint was prompted by a Judd’s April 19 sermon at Lakeland’s First Baptist Church at the Mall.
The sheriff’s reply: He’ll be speaking at another church this Sunday.
“I found it humorous and entertaining,” Judd told The Tampa Tribune on Wednesday. “They obviously mischaracterized the sermon I preached. I was shocked. It is most bizarre.”
Judd’s sermon in question can be seen on the church web site, where he spoke of a program he implemented involving faith-based jail dorms.
“Wouldn’t the world be better if everyone behaved like a Christian?” Judd asked.
Comment: Is this a violation of church and state, or do we need more law officers guided by faith in this country?