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July 05, 2005

ACLU double standard in Omaha case

While playing lip service to defending freedom of speech for others, the ACLU attempted to stifle the freedom of the press in Omaha...

The man at the center of a challenge to remove a Ten Commandments monument displayed in a public park said he feared for his safety after a newspaper revealed his name Sunday.

The Omaha World-Herald in its Sunday editions identified the man, an atheist, who brought the suit against the city of Plattsmouth in 2001 with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Last September, a federal judge declined a request from the ACLU to stop the paper from naming the man, whom the Associated Press is not identifying.

On Sunday, the man said in a statement released through the ACLU that he regretted the paper's decision to release his name and would continue to fear for his safety in the town just south of Omaha.

"I hope the work of local law enforcement, coupled with the warning of federal investigations, will dissuade those who have an irrational hatred of me," the man said. "While most of the people in Plattsmouth are good neighbors, I must be concerned about those who are not."

Tim Butz, director of the Nebraska ACLU, said the organization shared the man's concerns for his safety and has met with state and local law enforcement authorities. The ACLU would not comment on any of the measures taken to guard the man's safety, Butz said.

So according to the ACLU, his pretend right to not see the Ten Commandment is absolute but the paper's real right of freedom of the press is dependant on their mood. The actual news story [registration required] says...

Ron Larsen has never been one to hide his lack of religious conviction. Yet his lawyer asked a judge that Larsen be identified as "John Doe" when the American Civil Liberties Union Nebraska sued on Larsen's behalf to challenge a Ten Commandments monument in a Plattsmouth park. When the Plattsmouth city attorney offered no opposition, the 2001 suit became "ACLU Nebraska and John Doe v. the City of Plattsmouth."

 The story is accompanied by a photo of a license plate that says ATHEOS.

He demands they remove the sign that says “Thou shalt not kill” and then whines because he's afraid someone might hurt him?

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 5, 2005 07:29 AM

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