While the Athens, Georgia area is basically where I'm from, I actually live in Oglethorpe County, which is adjacent to Clarke County on the east. Our county has made national news
because someone from the Georgia ACLU noticed a tapestry of the 23rd Psalm hanging in the courthouse.
I can tell you that from the way it was hung, someone (just like an ACLU activist lawyer) would have to really be looking for something to even notice it, and it wasn't really aimed at the public anyway, so much as an inspirational decoration for office staff. Still, Commission Chairman Robert Johnson was right about the expense and uselessness of a lawsuit.
Can you remember the last time the ACLU stood up for real and flagrant abuses of constitutional power? There are several issues in Athens that I think deserve scrutiny along basic constitutional lines. We have the two-unrelated-roommate ordinance, the 2:45 am bar curfew, a recent anti-cruising measure for downtown and an open container ordinance that is not enforced on certain occasions, namely game days. I don't think it takes a lawyer to recognize how those examples violate freedom of assembly, equal protection, etc. And that was before the video surveillance cameras were recently installed. Incidentally, the consolidated government of Athens-Clarke County is ruled by leftists, supposed liberals. Obviously the ACLU doesn't concern itself with each and every civil liberty.