***Update*** (10/6/14): The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center has sent a letter to the Sheriff’s Office, urging officials to change the symbol:
“The cross is the preeminent symbol of Christianity, and the display of it on an official, law enforcement seal sends the unequivocal message that the government is promoting religion,” said Monica Miller, an attorney with the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. “The seal also sends the message that non-Christians such as atheists and humanists are outsiders, not welcome in their own community,” she added.
Nice words there: Commitment, Compassion, Courage, Communication… and Christ?
Do they only protect you if you’re a Christian? Is Jesus the Sheriff? Does Christ answer the phone if there’s an emergency? There’s just no reason to include a religious word on the official logo.
Maybe they couldn’t think of another C-word. I’ll fix that: How about Character or Competence? (Though neither word seems especially apt right now.)
I sent an email to the department asking what they plan to do. I’ll post a response once I receive it and pass this along to the Freedom From Religion Foundation if they don’t write back.
(Thanks to Virginia for the link)