Pensacola Man Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Pensacola Man Lou Cobb Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Following a decision earlier this week that deemed a cross in Pensacola was an unconstitutional establishment of religion on taxpayer-funded public space, a man took to Facebook to harass one of the attorneys that argued for the cross’ removal. Lou Cobb – who identified himself as a Christian to local media – explained that after he learned of the decision he wanted to “express how he felt” over the decision.

That expression entailed posting two pictures of American Humanist Association (AHA) attorney Monica Miller to his personal Facebook page including her contact information with a message to his followers: “Here is the idiot attorney that fought for removal of cross in pensacola [sic]. Lets make her famous an run her out of town!”

Local ABC affiliate WEAR caught up with Cobb reporting:

A Facebook post was shared by a Pensacola man who wanted to express how he felt after the court’s ruling. Lou Cobb never expected the negative traction it would receive.

“I never once insinuated hate or harm,” Cobb said.

“I thought she was a local attorney. Don’t patronize her. Make it hard for her to stay in Pensacola. If you don’t enjoy Pensacola, Interstate 10 runs two ways,” Cobb said.

Miller said the post is still alarming.

“I don’t think that what he said makes it any better if I was a local and he’s encouraging others to not give me their business that’s just as bad,” Miller said.

Pensacola Man Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross CaseOf the nearly 800 comments on the social media post, several comments call out, harass and demean Miller while a handful even issue calls to violence against the attorney.

Commenting on the post, Miller said, “Actually the day of the ruling we were getting a lot of phone calls from, I guess you can say angry Christians, using I guess you can say sexist and really inappropriate language towards me.” She added, “I wouldn’t say I was angry I was more just, I wish these people could understand why what we’re doing is important and how this cross is different from a cross that’s on a church or at someone else’s private property.”

Despite that, Cobb vowed he will not remove the posting.

“Right or wrong, stand behind it. If you’re wrong be the first to admit it. In this case here there’s no right or wrong to it. That was a personal belief and I put it out there. I’m man enough to stand behind it,” he said.

You can read the full judge’s order here in the case.

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.

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