Monday, June 08, 2009

Taking on the ACLU--again

Remember the ACLU got their panties in a wad because certain websites weren't accessible to Metro Nashville and Knox County public school students and they filed a lawsuit to get the Internet filters removed? Both systems promptly caved and removed the filter but the lawsuit hasn't been withdrawn.

I got a press release this afternoon from June Griffin an East Tennessee woman whose had enough of the ACLU running things and is fighting back. From her press release:

"Mrs. Griffin, who is representing herself, stated that she resented the ACLU's being paid out of tax dollars for their legal fees, under 42 USC 1988. She further cited contradictions in the various statutes, which collide with each other and leave the judges in a position of arbitrary power which she states is contrary to the Tennessee Declaration of Rights which forbids arbitrary power by condemning those who hold the doctrine of non-resistance to such arbitrary power."

She's not alone in her resentment of this organization eating up so many finite taxpayer resources in their effort to remake America. Further, they tend to work the last nerve of a great number of folks in this county.

According to the press release, Mrs. Griffin was also involved in the posting of the Ten Commandments fight.

I spoke with the Court Clerk's office this morning. They told me that Judge William J. Haynes must first rule on whether he'll even allow her motion and no there's not regular motion docket.

Here's the beginning of Mrs. Griffin's 'Motion to Intervene":


IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE

KEILA FRANKS, by and through her next

Friend and mother Pamela Auble;

BRYANNA SHELTON, by and through her

next friend and mother, Angie Weight;

EMILY LOGAN, by and through

her next friend and father, Andy Logan,

And KARYN STORTS-BRINKS,

Plaintiffs,

v. CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:09CV0446

METROPOLITAN BOARD OF PUBLIC

EDUCATION, JESSIE REGISTER, in his

official capacity as Director of Schools for

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, KNOX

COUNTY SCHOOLS BOARD

OF EDUCATION and JAMES MCINTYRE, in

his official capacity as Superintendent of

Knox County Schools,

Defendants.

COUNTER COMPLAINT TO

COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF

Comes Citizen, United States and Tennessee Taxpayer June Griffin in the

designation as and hereafter referred to as “Intervener” in the above-styled case

submitting her Counter Complaint to plaintiffs’ request for relief.

(snip)

I'll be happy to provide the .doc that was attached to the Press Release if you'll write me at Kay@KayBrooks.com.

2 comments:

N.S. Allen said...

I'm going to follow up my wager that the school districts would remove the filters without trial with a bet that this motion gets kicked out of court fast. Especially if Mrs. Griffin can't come up with any better argument for her standing than "resenting the ACLU."

That being said: "their effort to remake America?" Are you serious?

The ACLU went to court to defend GLBT students' equal access to school resources and to much-needed support. That's not an attempt to "remake" anything. It's an acknowledgement that there are gay, bi, and trans students all over the state with legitimate rights and needs.

It disturbs me to no end that, in all the discussion I've seen on this issue, no one on the conservative side seems to have even considered the actual students involved. It's all "the ACLU getting their panties in a twist," as if real people's sons and daughters have nothing to do with the matter. Gay kids get erased from the conversation as soon as conservatives start talking about liberals and their dastardly social values.

That sort of intentional blindness to GLBT youth is just wrong. Spend five minutes looking at the horrifying suicide, depression, and drop-out rates among GLBT students, and it ought to be pretty clear who's trying to "remake" America and who's dealing with the real issues of gender and sexuality already in our schools.

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