A Georgia sheriff said a "politically incorrect" sign promoting Christian greetings outside his department is meant to "stir people's belief and patriotism."

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Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley said he used his own money to pay for the sign, which reads: "WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you... LEAVE!"

The sign, which bears a strong resemblance to a sign at Schuler's bakery in Springfield, Ohio, that went viral recently on Facebook, was purchased from D&S Sign Company for a cost of $553.

Jolley told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer newspaper the sign is meant to "stir people's belief and patriotism."

"It's time for the silent majority to stand up for our beliefs and not be ashamed," he said.

The sheriff said the money he spent on the sign has been reimbursed with donations from like-minded residents.

"The sign has been purchased double," he said.

"I'm humbled by all of the support," Jolley said. "Surprised and humbled by it. Maybe the silent majority isn't going to be silent anymore."

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Jolley estimated his department employees about 75 people, and the non-Christians among them are "more than welcome to worship whatever God they choose fit."

"For me and mine, we worship Jesus Christ," he said.