What happens when two Kentucky counties fight a 12-year battle to save souls by posting Jesus Rules and wind up owing $456,881 to the Godless ACLU when they fail?
Well, they fight over who’s going to pay the bill, that’s what.
Though Stephens had been previously advised by another Liberty Counsel attorney that the organization may help in fundraising efforts, Staver told the Lexington Herald-Leader last week that his group’s supporters would not likely donate monies that would ultimately go to the ACLU.
“When the issue of fundraising was brought up, Mr. Staver said he would have to discuss the matter with David Carr and Herschel Walker,” Judge Stephens said.
Carr runs King of Kings Radio in Somerset and Walker pastors Hopewell Baptist Church in Corbin. Together they organized the Ten Commandments Advancement Fund to help cover expenses related to defending the case. In February, Carr indicated to the Commonwealth Journal that the fund could not be used to pay a judgment to ACLU.
Judge Stephens said yesterday he has received correspondence from Carr taking issue with Stephens’ comments to the Herald-Leader.
“To ask them [Liberty Counsel] to Fund Raise for the courts is extremely ungrateful and selfish,” Carr wrote, calling Liberty County “a tremendous friend to the Fiscal Courts.”
But Judge Stephens maintains that he only mentioned it to the reporter because a Liberty Counsel attorney had first told him it was a possibility. The judge added that the county does not have money in its budget to pay the debt and, even if it did, the county has been threatened with another lawsuit if taxpayer dollars are used — further reducing the local government’s options.
“I didn’t intend to be disrespectful to anybody,” Judge Stephens said. “I didn’t say anything negative about the Liberty Counsel or the ACLU.”
Former Judge-Executive Jimmie Greene, who was in office when the lawsuit was filed and assisted in fundraising for the Ten Commandments Advancement Fund, told the Record that he would be disappointed if Liberty Counsel maintains its stance, considering how the community rallied to help defend the case.
“Liberty Counsel represented us and represented us well,” Greene said. “It’s upsetting to think when it’s down to the wire, they would ride away and leave us behind.”
I love it when fundies fight among themselves about who’s going to get the bill for their ridiculous and unnecessary PR scam.
Ken Ham and Steve Beshear, this is the Ghost of Christmas Future!