For Immediate Release: ATHEIST ACTIVIST TO ATHEISTS OF FLORIDA: PAY YOUR BILL!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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.
In 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.”
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Co-President, Atheists & Humanists of Florida