If at first you don’t succeed, do the same thing again, and pretend to be a bigger victim when it blows up in your face.
Last year, Michigan atheists asked that a “reason station” be set up next to a “prayer station” in the Warren City Hall atrium; when Mayor Jim Fouts refused, the ALCU handed him the legal papers. He lost that lawsuit, but because he’s determined to prove that Christians are dense, he’s now handing out “In God We Trust” posters from his office at City Hall.
At the time, Fouts said that “The city has certain values that I don’t believe are in general agreement with having an atheist station, nor in general agreement with having a Nazi station or Ku Klux Klan station. I cannot accept or will not allow a group that is disparaging of another group to have a station here.”
And that line cost him, and the city, $100,000 in damages. That’s 100,000 tax payers dollars, because this moron doesn’t understand “Free Speech.”
And he’s at it again, because Conservatives love burning your tax dollars on pointless lawsuits. Warren resident, Douglas Marshall, said of his mayor that:
The mayor’s continually tried to promote Christian religious beliefs, and it sounds like that’s just another attempt. He doesn’t understand the First Amendment. Government is supposed to be completely neutral when it comes to religious beliefs.
Marshall is the one who originally brought the lawsuit, after the good mayor confused reality with SimCity.
Fouts admitted that part of the reason why he’s handing out these posters now is because he lost the fight last year, and he’s throwing a temper tantrum as a result:
Obviously, I was concerned about the court order that forced the city of Warren to have a reason station within our City Hall atrium. The prayer station had been functioning for years without any problems or any controversy. They’re now allowed to have an atheist station under the euphemistic guise of a reason station.
Fouts also suggested that he’s not the only one who’s going to distribute these posters:
I think the city of Warren will become the most prominent and the most visible and maybe the largest city to do this. I’m not alone in doing this.
And, as a consequence, he won’t be alone in losing the inevitable lawsuit for doing it, either.
[h/t and photo credit RS]