June 20, 2013

Lakeland, Fla. — EllenBeth Wachs has filed a lawsuit in Polk County against Atheists of Florida, Inc. to release her from paying a judgment resulting from an unsuccessful prayer lawsuit against the City of Lakeland.

EB -Wachs, a Polk County resident and well known embattled church/state separation activist, offered to be listed as a plaintiff to provide Atheists of Florida legal standing. The lawsuit, which was filed July 2010 in Federal District Court in Tampa, asked the city to replace its meeting prayers, which were exclusively Christian in nature, with a more inclusive seated moment of silence. The suit was eventually lost at the district court level and was again unsuccessful on appeal.

Consequently, the City of Lakeland entered a judgment against the plaintiffs, EllenBeth Wachs and Atheists of Florida, for costs amounting to $6,691.95.


Edward Gollobith, who currently controls the Atheists of Florida bank account, has refused to pay the judgment. Incredibly, Gollobith is demanding that Wachs split the bill with the organization in spite of the guarantee, prior to the initiation of the lawsuit, that she would be indemnified of any costs incurred. Gollobith’s reneging of this guarantee has resulted in her filing this current lawsuit against the organization.

gollobith 1In November 2011, Gollobith, who at the time was Chairman of the Board, led a coup to oust Wachs, the organization’s vice-president, and its president, John Kieffer, from the group days after Wachs offended Gollobith for not including him in her slate of recommended candidates for the group’s board of directors. Kieffer had also inadvertently troubled him for using his legal name, Gollobith, on the ballot for the 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, instead of his nickname, “Ed Golly.” Wachs is currently suing Gollobith — and those board members who signed on to Gollobith’s allegations against her — for defamation. Both Wachs and Kieffer are litigants in yet another lawsuit with Gollobith for control of the organization.


Wachs said, “I had my house searched, ransacked and turned upside down, spent almost a week in solitary confinement stemming from my activism, and now I can’t even refinance that house that was raided and invaded because of this judgment entered against me.”

For more information contact-

John Kieffer,

Co-President, Atheists & Humanists of Florida


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Atheists of Florida debacle; Twitter hashtag: #AoFdebacle

Liar - Lincoln quote Liar - Tell the truth or Liar is the world's slave Liar punishment

lie v truth - Mark Twain


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2010 Cartoons re: EllenBeth Wachs, Atheists vs Lakeland City Council

Lakeland Cartoon

Appearing in Polk County, Florida, newspaper The Ledger in April 2010:
Church/state separation activists: John Kieffer is depicted as a steaming devil; to his left is EllenBeth Wachs (plaintiff vs City of Lakeland in prayer lawsuit); and to her left, is Rob Curry.

Other cartoons followed:

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Ledger, July 2010: This makes fun of our requests to the Lakeland City Council to provide a nonsectarian solution (a moment of seated silence) to the issue of exclusively Christian prayer rituals.


Lakeland Cartoon2

August 2010: Again, another cartoon meant to invalidate our church/state separation lawsuit in which EllenBeth Wachs was the resident Plaintiff.

Cartoonist is Ric Leonard.  These and other cartoons can be found at: http://www.rictoons.com/toons_from_2010




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John Kieffer’s Florida car tag

My car a couple of years ago … tag was spelled “ATHEI5T” (with a “5” since “ATHEIST” with an “s” was taken) … also note my modification of “IN GOD WE TRUST” (circle & slash over the word “GOD”)


I’ve recently replaced this tag; however it’s worth showing here since the DMV of New Jersey denied David Silverman, President of American Atheists, a similar tag in his home state of New Jersey.

BTW, when this pic was taken, I was parked at a café in Orlando where I was hosting one of our Atheists of Florida meetings.  One of the meeting’s participant’s was parked in the next space.

cars w atheist tags

Apparently the red car doesn’t believe in the blue car.

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6-29-2013 — Protesters @ American Atheists monument — Bradford County Courthouse, FL

One of the more hilarious moments was seeing a protester across the street from our event with a sign that she must have meant to say: “Honk for Jesus.”  However, the way she had printed it appeared as “Hook for Jeses.”

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Then there was this nut:

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Cape Coral City attorney’s NON-answer to my question

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Dear Mr. Kieffer:

The City Council has asked that I respond to you regarding the question you raised during Citizen’s Input during the Cape Coral Council meeting of June 10, 2013.  I understood you to be asking for the reasoning behind the Council’s current intention to contribute to the annual assessments of institutionally owned property in the SW 6/7 UEP area.  In response, I call your attention to Administrative Resolution 2013 –  12 in which the Council identifies its current intention to provide such contribution in recognition of the benefit provided by institutional properties as further elaborated by Council in the resolution as follows:

WHEREAS, in the Southwest 6 & 7 assessment areas, the City Council desires to recognize the public benefit that Institutional Property parcels provide to the City including providing services and facilities to their owners, occupants, members and the general public that otherwise might be requested or required to be provided by the City, thereby serving a legitimate public purpose.

Please note that the SW 6/7 UEP is still in its developmental stage and that further formal resolutions will be considered by Council at public meetings regarding this assessment project.  You are welcome to provide input during those hearings as well.


Dolores D. Menendez]

Cape Coral City Attorney

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Question for Cape Coral City Council [meeting 6-10-2013]

My 3 minute comments and question (What statute are you using to violate Florida Constitution?) begin at 18:29 on the meeting video linked here:



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If, Article 1, Section 3 of the Florida constitution states: 

“No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.”

Then, this question:

Given the City Council’s plan to subsidize 10 churches with taxpayer funds to pay for new water and sewer hookups: What statute are you using to violate Article 1, Section 3 of the Florida Constitution?




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Church/State Separation issue re: City of Cape Coral – Subsidizing Churches

Hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars to pay for churches’ hook up fee

On June 5, 2013, the City of Cape Coral (FL) voted to subsidize ten churches* using the city’s public treasurey to pay 85% of the cost for these churches to hook up to city water and sewer; or in official language: comply with “Southwest 6&7 UEP – Special Assessment.”


Such a government subsidy of churches is a clear violation of the Florida Constitution, specifically Article 1, Section 3:

“… No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.”

FYI, attorneys for the Freedom From Religion Foundation are presently studying this special city funding of Cape Coral churches.

Several other national and state organizations are being contacted presently.

Please contact John Kieffer f0r more information about how you can help restore fairness to this issue:


Phone: 813-919-9161


Not just a good idea … it’s the law.


Informational Links re: Cape Coral subsidizing churches:

Special meeting June 5, 2013:


* Letter from Cape Coral churches to Mayor Sullivan and City Council members:


Editorial with short video of June 5 meeting:




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