On January 13, 2018, Sheriff Randy Seal issued a statement that “A recent decision by me in my official capacity as Sheriff is being touted as a victory for the ardently anti-Christian Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). I want to set the record straight.”
In our opinion, Sheriff Seal's decision was a responsible one and in the best interest of those he serves.
To read Sheriff's Seal statement, click the "Read More" below.
A Message from Washington Parish Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal
A recent decision by me in my official capacity as Sheriff is being touted as a victory for the ardently anti-Christian Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). I want to set the record straight. It could not be further from the truth.
Based on sound legal advice and being mindful of the possibility of a long and expensive legal fight, I directed that all bible verses be removed from the official Facebook pages of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation continues to attack and threaten small towns and average Americans for exercising their constitutional freedoms. This well-funded but fringe, extremist group has sued to remove “In God We Trust” from United States currency; sued to remove the Star of David from a Holocaust memorial and sued Presidents Bush and President Obama for holding a National Day of Prayer. Groups like the FFRF have sued to remove the Ground Zero Cross at the 9/11 memorial museum, claiming their members experienced symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish. One of FFRF’s slogans is “Nothing fails like prayer.” The reality is their threatening letters have caused many agencies to cave for fear of being forced to pay for the expense of defending against even a frivolous lawsuit. We are no different. The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office simply cannot afford the cost of defending a lawsuit of this nature.
The mission of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is to prevent crime, enforce the law, and support quality public safety by delivering respectful, professional and dependable law enforcement services.
Under my tenure as Sheriff of Washington Parish we have worked hard to improve the quality of life for residents of Washington Parish. My family and I love Washington Parish. It is our home. It is an honor to serve as your Sheriff.