Whitnum: 'They should rename themselves the Jewish American Civil Liberties Union'
Whitnum has filed suit against the Town of Greenwich for allowing a Bar Mitzvah to be held at Town Hall.
A selectman (our mayor) allowed a highly publicized Bar Mitzvah in the Greenwich Town Hall while no other religious groups are allowed the same access for religious services. It is the double-standard once again,” Whitnum said in a release.
Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, named as a co-defendant in the complaint, refuse to comment on the case, as it is currently in process.
In 2010, Whitnum sued now Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after the then-gubernatorial hopeful allegedly called Whitnum "anti-Semitic" and "motivated by hate" in 2008, a day before Whitnum lost a race for the 4th Congressional district to Himes. Malloy's office did not return request for comment on the matter, but Whitnum, who is representing herself in the defamation suit, said she is asking for $500,000 and, well, something else — she wants Malloy to read, from cover to cover, the book "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy." She also wants Malloy to make a public apology. Whitnum clarified in 2010 that she is not anti-Semitic, but anti-AIPAC, and said that the book is "the Bible of the cause."
Perhaps as a result of the ACLU’s denial, Whitnum is amending the complaint against the town — she said she’s “not going to fight in federal court whether the star of David is a religious symbol or the symbol of a country.”
She’s also amending the case “to demand that the celebration for Israel’s Independence Day stay within the same guidelines that the Columbus Day and Saint Patrick’s Day festivities must follow in the Town of Greenwich,” according to a release.
Whitnum, described Israel’s Independence Day, the festivities for which coincided with the Bar Mitvah, as “the trail-of tears for the Christian and Muslim indigenous culture.”
“What is there to celebrate?” Whitnum said in a release. “The indigenous Christian and Muslims were forced from their homes and remain in concentration camp-like conditions three generations later. To make matters worse Zionist Americans continue to this day, along with more than 500,000 settlers, to encroach on other peoples’ land.”
According to Whitnum, the ACLU of Connecticut did not offer any reason for the denial, “just that the case load was too great.”
“Too much work load? I don’t believe it,” she said in a statement. “This rejection proves that the ACLU is a biased organization.”
Requests for comment from the ACLU were not returned by press time.