The ACLU loses its way

I was always a big fan of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), admiring their single-minded dedication to preserving our civil liberties, most notably those specified by the First Amendment. But they also saved my bacon when I took the government to court for drafting me illegally as a conscientious objector. When I went to … Continue reading The ACLU loses its way

ACLU condemns Rittenhouse verdict

Among the many institutions now taking irrational and woke stands as opposed to principled ones, the American Civil Liberties Union stands out. Once my favorite civil-rights organization, known for enforcing the First Amendment, fighting for racial equality but also the speech rights of Nazis, the ACLU was designed to protect every American’s constitutional rights. Now … Continue reading ACLU condemns Rittenhouse verdict

The ACLU unconvincingly denies accusations of “mission creep”

Three days ago I highlighted a New York Times piece, “Once a bastion of free speech, the A.C.L.U. faces an identity crisis“. (This was a news report, not an op-ed.) It obviously hit home at the ACLU, because on the organization’s website their legal director, David Cole, has written a long piece defending the ACLU … Continue reading The ACLU unconvincingly denies accusations of “mission creep”

An interview with ACLU great Ira Glasser

Ira Glasser was head of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1978 until 2001, and his name is familiar to those who keep an eye on civil liberties. As Wikipedia notes: The ACLU website credits Glasser with transforming the American Civil Liberties Union from a ‘mom and pop’-style operation concentrated mainly in a few … Continue reading An interview with ACLU great Ira Glasser

How the ACLU got woke, became political, and changed its mission

I’ve written before about the newish movie “Mighty Ira“, a documentary about former American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) head Ira Glasser and his involvement in civil-liberties litigation in the 1970s (see my posts here and here). I highly recommend the movie, as it’s not just about Glasser or the ACLU, but also involves baseball, Jackie … Continue reading How the ACLU got woke, became political, and changed its mission

The ACLU alters an RBG quote to avoid “transphobic” implications

It’s a sad day when the American Civil Liberties Union has to alter a quote by Ruth Bader Ginsburg (one of our mutual heroes) to placate the potentially offended. Here’s one of their recent tweets: With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, we lost a champion for abortion and gender equality. And on the anniversary of … Continue reading The ACLU alters an RBG quote to avoid “transphobic” implications

ACLU staff attorney calls for censorship of Abigail Shrier’s book on gender dysphoria

What’s happened to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a crying shame. And I say this even though I volunteered for them, have been a member on and off, and was the recipient of their largesse when, for no fee, they represented me and four other defendants in a class-action suit about illegal drafting … Continue reading ACLU staff attorney calls for censorship of Abigail Shrier’s book on gender dysphoria

Michelle Goldberg on why the Left needs the ACLU to keep defending odious speech

I recently kvetched about the American Civil Liberty Union’s (ACLU’s) movement against defending freedom of speech and towards social-justice initiatives, objecting both to the kinds of issues that the ACLU is now tackling (taking the side of those offended by “hate speech” and rejecting defense of the First Amendment), and to their entering an area … Continue reading Michelle Goldberg on why the Left needs the ACLU to keep defending odious speech

ACLU admits it screwed up by changing RBG’s words; Michelle Goldberg explains why the changes were misleading

A week ago I called attention to a tweet by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that quoted but redacted some words by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG). The ACLU made six changes in just one short quote, including an omission. Here’s what they tweeted: With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, … Continue reading ACLU admits it screwed up by changing RBG’s words; Michelle Goldberg explains why the changes were misleading

ACLU joins lawsuit allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports

A few days ago, and previously as well, I discussed the difficult issue of transgender women seeking to compete in women’s sports. The thorny issue of “what do you do with males transitioning to the female gender?” or with those who have completed their transition, is often resolved by many with the simple Diktat: “Transgender … Continue reading ACLU joins lawsuit allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports