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7-20-05 Ten Commandments & Funding the ACLU

Augusta Chronicle- …..But if you paid taxes, you funded the ACLU. Because every time it wins a lawsuit, the government pays. The ACLU risks nothing because their lawyers are free. This gives them the power to potentially bankrupt small county governments…..



July 19, 2005


Ten Commandments & Funding the ACLU


By Wendell T. Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.


The ACLU is not a popular organization.  Many of us feel it is detrimental to our nation.   It does pursue some extremist positions.


I always knew that some wealthy liberal philanthropists had helped fund the ACLU. Still, it was a mystery at one time about the source of their continuing funding.


In more recent years, it has become apparent that the ACLU gets taxpayer money and attorney fees in the many actions it files.  We all help pay for it.


In the Barrow County Case, citizens should have questions about the expensive “out of state” legal advice they have received.


So often, real motives are not readily discernible.  Many folks are sincere.  However, in the background, one can often find the ever present motives of greed and self-interest.


Barrow Ten Commandments Resulted in $50.000 Legal Fees to ACLU

7-19-05 Barrow Commandments to come Down


The Athens Banner-Herald



July 19, 2005


Barrow Commandments to come Down


By Todd DeFeo


Barrow County would remove a Ten Commandments display from the courthouse in Winder and pay $50,000 in legal fees under a proposed order pending before a federal judge in Gainesville.

U.S. District Court Judge William O'Kelley had not signed the order by the end of the business day Monday, but both attorneys for Barrow County and the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a federal lawsuit over the Ten Commandments display, agreed to the order, according to court records.

"I think that the county has realized that this is an issue they could not prevail in," Gerry Weber, legal director of the ACLU of Georgia, said of the proposed order…….

Barrow County Commission Chairman Doug Garrison declined to comment Monday afternoon, saying he would wait until the order is approved.

If O'Kelley agrees to the order, Barrow County will pay John Doe $ in damages and by Aug. 10 pay the $50,000 in legal fees John Doe has incurred as a result of the lawsuit. Under the agreed order, Barrow County cannot hang similar displays on public property. …….

Virginia-based attorney Herb Titus, the lead counsel for Barrow County, saw the proposed order and did not object to it, according to court records. Titus did not return a telephone call Monday. ….

The Augusta Chronicle



July 7, 2005                  LETTERS


Like it or not, we fund the ACLU


Mike Fulford, Evans

John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." He knew liberty could be used for destructive purposes.

So, how much did you donate to the American Civil Liberties Union last year?

Nothing? Because you believe a country that was founded on Christian principles loses its way when it rejects those principles? Because you believe neutrality on Nativity scenes, and the moral codes of Boy Scouts does not equal an establishment of religion by our great and powerful Congress? There would seem to be better ways to establish religion.

But if you paid taxes, you funded the ACLU. Because every time it wins a lawsuit, the government pays. The ACLU risks nothing because their lawyers are free. This gives them the power to potentially bankrupt small county governments. The ACLU is vague as to how much money it gets from such lawsuits, but it is millions of dollars. Small county governments simply can't afford to fight even the threat of a lawsuit.

The ACLU abuses liberty for destructive purposes. And we pay for it. You donate money to the ACLU. You. Me. Everybody.

But soon you may not have to. The Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005 is currently before Congress, H.R. 2679: To amend the Revised Statutes of the United States to eliminate the chilling effect on the constitutionally protected expression of religion by State and local officials that results from the threat that potential litigants may seek damages and attorney's fees. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ... ."

If the ACLU, in their destructive use of liberty, wants to rid us of religious symbols, it is free to try. But let it pay for it itself.