Thursday, November 3

The ACLU Comes to MY TOWN!

County says ACLU prayer lawsuit is unnecessary

MARIETTA, Ga. - Saying that invocations made in the name of Jesus have been around for centuries, Cobb County officials said a lawsuit against the county to stop it from making "overtly Christian" prayers before meetings was unnecessary.

"As a matter of historical fact, the exact prayers given in the first Congress explicitly referred to Jesus Christ," according to a 50-page legal brief the county filed Tuesday.

In addition, as recently as July 19, a prayer that said "in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ," was made at the opening of the U.S. House of Representatives, the brief said.

The Georgia Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and seven Cobb County residents filed the lawsuit in August. The ACLU claims the prayers made before commission meetings are too Christian.

The ACLU said in the lawsuit that one prayer ended, "in the name of Jesus our savior," and dozens more since 2003 mentioned Jesus. The ACLU is not challenging the commission's right to pray before meetings.

But Cobb Commission Chairman Sam Olens, named in the lawsuit, said the prayers do meet the requirements for the separation of church and state and said the county feels "very strongly" that the lawsuit is improper.

"If they're looking for a test case, we're not it," Olens said.

Cobb Planning Commission Chairman Bob Homan also was named as a defendant in the ACLU's lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta.

I have had the opportunity to meet Sam Olens on several occasions. In fact, the last time we ran into each other- I thanked him for not backing down to the ACLU on this issue. I merely gave him a hug and said "Bless you and THANK YOU for what you are doing."

He looked at me surprised and asked, "What am I doing?"

YES! He is THAT humble. He honestly didn't realize how much this meant to so many of us and didn't think anything of it.

(pssssssst, ACLU- you really are barking up the wrong tree here. Sam Olens is Jewish for Pete's sake you NINNYS!)

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