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Anonymity useful, but overworked

Anonymous: secret, unknown, avoiding publicity, nameless, avoiding publicity.

News media uses tips from unknown callers or those who give names or are someone who knows, has heard of or been involved in something they feel is wrong, illegal or underhanded and worthy of investigation.

They may be individuals who raise a stink over an ongoing issue or are opposed to actions of others, private, public, or printed items displayed or prayer in various situations.

Their causes cover a wide range of issues, some self-centered, and viewed by the general population as petty.

The number of suits, some called frivolous, with anonymous plaintiffs seems to follow the routine of baking homemade bread: add ingredients, including yeast, let the mixture sit, get warm and rise.

That “rising” is occurring more frequently across the nation and seems aimed, particularly, at the Bible Belt with the American Civil Liberties Union aiming the gun—the threat of suits and actual filing of papers in courts around the country.

The ACLU is making a splash in Southwest Virginia with action aimed at the Giles County School Board, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors and threats against other governing bodies.

A common thread in many of the ACLU actions is the anonynity of the plaintiffs, the ones so damaged by the actions of the defendants, that they feel this legal action must be taken.

If so damaged and upset at these situations, why be so fearful of public reaction that they want to remain hidden behind the ACLU?

There will be no lynching, crosses burned, no homes or cars bombed.

If the cause is worthy of action, take a stand, be counted and speak up, not hidden behind the coattails of the ACLU or other similar organizations.

Stand up and be counted!



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