The letter, sent by the Freedom From Religion Foundation on June 15, criticized Judd’s use of his sheriff position to promote his religion.
The FFRF points out an April 19 sermon at Lakeland’s First Baptist Church at the Mall, where a uniformed Judd advocated faith-based jailing and said that law-breaking individuals can best be reformed through Jesus.
In his sermon, Judd also told the Christian audience that they “are the majority.”
“In your personal capacity you can freely exercise your religion as you see fit,” reads part of the letter to Judd. “In your official capacity as an officer of the government, you are bound by the Establishment Clause and cannot abuse that office to promote your personal religious choices.” (Read more from “Florida Sheriff Will Continue to Preach in Uniform Amidst Complaint” HERE)