We have a coward in our mix of people in Franklin County. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against Franklin County on behalf of an anonymous female county resident, described as Jane Doe, alleging that the county commission’s practice of beginning meetings with a prayer violates the First and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Jane Doe is a coward!

We respect her right to make allegations in a lawsuit but why doesn’t she have the courage to reveal her name? What’s she afraid of? The fact that Jane Doe won’t reveal her name leads to all kinds of speculation. Is she just out to embarrass the commission and the citizens of Franklin County? Is she doing this out of spite because she disagrees with the commission on an issue that has been before the county? Is there really a complainant or is the ACLU just using that as a ruse to make its point?

Since the ACLU is the champion of civil rights, and we assume of openness, why doesn’t it reveal the name in the lawsuit. The citizens of Franklin County have a right to know who filed a complaint against them. To hide behind the ACLU is a cowardly act. To allege that Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer and citizens who have offered prayers have done so to promote a particular religion is absurd. The commission has made mistakes but it didn’t try to promote any religion.

The general conviction among the God-fearing citizens of Franklin County is that the ACLU is being “used” to promote the vindictiveness of a person who is out to get the commission.