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Bible Belt Sheriff Throws FL Atheist In Solitary For Being An Atheist
Written by MyMelody   
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 13:41

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EllenBeth Wachs is the Legal Coordinator for Atheists of Florida, and a staunch Atheist Activist. She is infamous in her community of Polk County, Florida and is quite possibly the most reviled woman in town.

Wachs claims her experience in Polk County has been marked by harassment from the locals: her home and car have been vandalized; she's been called a "loon," "pervert" and "witch." Moreover, she's been advised to "kill herself," and it's been suggested that she should be "boiled in oil."

It seems this all started when, last year, Wachs and the Atheists of Florida "sued the Lakeland City Commission over public prayers, protested invocations before Polk County School Board meetings and challenged Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd's donation of basketball goals from the county jail to a church."

Polk County Residents have not taken too kindly to this type of behavior. Many view Wachs' Activism as a form of bullying. Perhaps Lynne Breidenbach, a Christian Activist, sums up the feelings of the believing residents best: "This is a community of faith, and faith is very important to the people of Polk County, and if they (Wachs and other atheists) would like to live and work here as members of this community, they need to be more accommodating of us."

In a recent turn of events, Wachs has been arrested twice.  Wach's office has denounced Sheriff Judd's recent arrests as a form of retaliation and persecuation. Wachs has filed a suit in against him in which she asserts  that "the sheriff’s actions, including two arrests and searches of her house, violated her First Amendment rights and her right to due process."

Wachs herself was charged with "unlawfully practicing law, and simulating a sex act in the presence of a child."

In the first incident , Wachs, " A nonpracticing lawyer...signed the requests with the designation Esquire after her name. Sheriff Judd sent a team of officers to arrest her and charged her in March with illegally posing as a lawyer, a felony." But according to her lawyer, Lawrence G. Walters, “This does not violate any bar rules...she is allowed to use esquire.”

In the second incident,  "Wachs asked her next door neighbor's son to stop playing basketball because the racket was bothering her. When he continued to play, investigators say Wachs made loud noises of a sexual nature, and deputies were called."

Her second arrest  resulted in Wachs spending "six days in solitary confinement in a 6-foot-by-8-foot cell." She claims that she was denied her medication, and that "the arrests and jail experience have exacerbated her multiple sclerosis symptoms." She has recently been undergoing treatment for post traumatic stress disorder related to her experience.

Please Support EllenBeth Wachs!

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If you’re a resident of Florida, join Atheists of Florida (chapters in Cape Coral, Gainesville, Lakeland, Orlando, Port Richey, Saint Petersburg, Sarasota and Tampa)  and attend the "I Have a Dream Benefit" in support of EllenBeth Wachs in Lakeland, FL on August 28th.

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0 #12 Sam Sewell 2013-04-01 14:00
The only intellecually defensivle position is agnisticism.
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+9 #11 Max Headroom 2011-07-19 19:57
If these wonderful humans could prove their crazy Dog (Sorry God) exists we could have a conversation but until then we are dealing with Floridian deliverance. You have purdy teeth.
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+10 #10 johndhughes 2011-07-19 18:51
Ill be glad to see Grady Judd stuff it sideways up his rear. America was founded as a secular nation and we need to keep the secular nature of our government intact. Only then will we keep our freedoms...also did the church doofus at the end mean to call us antagonists? Otherwise, I agree with her... Atheists are the protagonists of this tale.
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-8 #9 glab 2011-07-19 17:40
lmao..like I said , your battles at best are 'weak'.....lmao!!
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+6 #8 John Kiefffer 2011-07-19 17:27
Quoting glab:
john kieffer, you too are a ridiculous example of what an atheist actually represents.....you say you are fighting the good fight, but all your battles are pathetic and week at best...


The correct spelling is "weak" ... as in, "Gary Lee Birge is a weak speller."

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-10 #7 glab 2011-07-19 17:06
john kieffer, you too are a ridiculous example of what an atheist actually represents.....you say you are fighting the good fight, but all your battles are pathetic and week at best...
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+10 #6 John Kiefffer 2011-07-19 17:00
Quoting glab:
This woman is a nut case, I have had personal experience in social circles with her. She is violent and verbally abusive, a hater of men, and deserves to be in jail for her lude and lascivious behavior!!


How "brave" of you to hurl insults from the safety of your anonymity. Standard KKK practice ... how about taking your hood off and identify yourself with your real name. I bet you'll just continue to be a gutless worm of a human being and continue to hide ... but prove me wrong.

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+12 #5 John Kiefffer 2011-07-19 16:53
Quoting GOD:
she lied and pretended to be lawyer... doesn't speak well for her.


Ms. Wachs *IS* a full fledged BAR certified retired attorney. She went to law school, graduated from law school, passed her BAR exam, and practiced until she retired. She, like any retired Medical Doctor who uses M.D. after her name, is entitled to use Esq. after her's.

So sit down junior.

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+15 #4 John 2011-07-19 16:31
I never did care much for Florida. Looks like they reacted well to her attempts at stirring the backwater around a bit to keep the slime from settling. I'd like to hear that fat-bellied sheriff's definition regarding "loud noises of sexual nature".

This is coming from a self-identified Christian.
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+20 #3 Jonathan Penley 2011-07-19 15:52
Kudos EllenBeth Wachs! I fully support the fight for upholding the separation of church and state.
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