Sheriff McKeithen doesn’t like dissent

Sheriff Frank McKeithen has become somewhat famous lately due to his adding In God We Trust to his patrol cars. Both the FFRF and The Original Motto project sent him letters and messages regarding the violation of the 1st amendment.

Apparently those messages fell on deaf ears.  Just today on the official Facebook page for the Sheriff posted this.

No only has Sheriff Frank McKeithen and the BCSO adopted a new bumper sticker, we also have a new theme song!

Posted by Frank McKeithen – Bay County Sheriff on Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Not all that surprising considering his initial reaction to the FFRF letter.

But it is what happens on this post when church and state separation activist begin to call him out on his very ringing endorsement of religion.

Look at the difference in the following screen shots.













Notice something missing. You guessed it.  My reply to the post.  Hmm! Maybe just an accident.

Then again, maybe not.

mckeithen-2   mckeithen-2-2









Interestingly enough my second post is missing.  How odd I thought.  Maybe I will just go re-post it.  But wait…

Something is missing


Notice the clear lack of like and comment options.
Oh my!
Sheriff Mckeithen has blocked me from posting on his page.  I find that odd since I never once used any harsh language, insulted anyone or really seemed all that mean.  I never once told any person on that page they were going to hell.

I am still researching the legality of this. But it seems that this may violate my 1st amendment rights to redress my grievances with the government.

I wasn’t the only one, but we only have screen shots of mine.  I noticed several were missing and if you read the comments, some of them seem to be replying to no one at all about some random topic that doesn’t exist.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is clearly in the wrong with the original post.  What’s more disturbing is that they know it.  Otherwise why would they silence the dissenting views?

I am asking the Sheriff directly, Is this the way you want your department to be portrayed?  Do you want to look like you will delete any reasonable dissension?  I think an answer to your constituents is in order.

I urge every one, especially if you live in Bay County to contact the Sheriff’s office for some clarification on this.

Main Office

3421 N.Highway 77 Panama City, Fl 32405

(850) 747-4700

You can also send him an Email:
Sheriff Frank McKeithen

Update 8-13

Not long after the initial deletions, David Williamson of the Central Florida Freethought Coalition contacted the sheriff’s office about these deletions.  They have stopped deleting comments but as of this morning I am still blocked from commenting on the page.

Robert Ray

Robert is the founder of The Original Motto Project. He is a avid secular activist that likes to dabble into small electronics in his spare time. He and his wife Amy co-host the Secular Yakking podcast. He lives in the Puget sound with his wife and 3 daughters.