An example quoted from the article:
Imagine that you are a painting contractor whose company has fallen on hard times. In fact, if you don’t get a new job soon, you may go out of business. So you concoct a brazen scheme to save your company. You travel to a nearby city and arrange a meeting with the Mayor and council. You inform them that a member of their community, Mary Smith, objects to the color of the courthouse. Therefore the courthouse must be repainted the color Ms. Smith desires. You insist that your company be hired to do the painting.
City officials refuse, claiming that the current color has been used for over a hundred years and is still the preferred one by the vast majority of citizens. But you stand firm. You adamantly state that you don’t care what the majority of the community wants, the courthouse must be repainted. At this point, the Sheriff escorts you from the council chambers.
The next day you bring your crew to the courthouse and unload your paints, brushes, canvasses and ladders. You repaint the courthouse the color favored by Ms. Smith and present the city with an exorbitant bill for your services. Obviously, they refuse to pay it. So you ask the courts to decide the matter. The state courts reject your claim so you take it to the federal district court. Incredibly, the federal court rules in your favor and the city is forced to pay you for a service that its citizens were firmly opposed to.
And note that you don't have to pay federal or state income taxes on the money you extort.
That exact scenario played out in Alabama recently. It failed in state court (of course), but the ACLU got it removed to federal court. Not only did they win, but they were awarded money. Others jumped in on the free money (to them, certainly not to Alabama taxpayers) bandwagon
American Civil Liberties Union - awarded $175,000 in legal fees
Americans United for Separation of Church and State - $190,000
Southern Poverty Law Center - $135,00
Thank the good Lord that no other "altruistic" organizations acting in Americans' best interests joined in.
Alabama is not the only state to be affected.
Kentucky - $121,500 for its Ten Commandments display to the ACLU
A Tennessee county - $50,000 for an identical "offense"
ACLU is also pursuing lawsuits against the Ten Commandments in six other states.
The ACLU really hit the jackpot, however, in a Boy Scouts case. The Boy Scouts have been using San Diego's Balboa Park for a summer camp since 1915. 1915!
But, of course, since the Boy Scouts don't accept gay scoutmasters or atheists who will not recite the oath with the words "to do my duty to God and my country," in it, well, they gotta go, right? 80 plus years of history notwithstanding.
The ACLU won $790,000 in legal fees on top of $160,000 in court costs. Paid for by the taxpayers (average janes and joes) of San Diego, of course. Because the Boy Scouts are a religious organization, you see. And in these days, that's simply unacceptable.
The ACLU has done some very good things in the past, but the modern ACLU disgusts me.