A sheriff’s office in Missouri caused a stir on Facebook last month with a public Happy Easter post featuring an image of a cross and the words “He has risen!”
The Easter post from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office garnered 194 comments by Monday afternoon, some of which called the move “inappropriate” and potentially a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution.
“Holding a belief is fine, obviously,” one comment said. “But your department serves the public who holds a variety of beliefs with officers that also hold a variety of beliefs. Post about holidays from all the religions or none. This is a learning opportunity. Do better next time.”
On April 22, the legal director for the American Humanist Association wrote an email encouraging the sheriff’s office to think twice about making posts like that in the future.
“You should consider what those adhering to Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Wiccan, and Humanist beliefs must think when they see their sheriff using his office to promote Christianity,” David Niose wrote. “This hardly sends a message that your office works for the good of all.”