More slimy behavior from the ACLU

For a couple of years I’ve been chewing on the tuchas of the ACLU for abandoning its mission to protect everyone’s civil liberties in favor of supporting only “progressive causes”.  (In that sense they’re behaving just like the Southern Poverty Law Center.) And in the meantime they’ve abandoned their mission of political neutrality. As I … Continue reading More slimy behavior from the ACLU

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

The Free Speech Union criticizes the ACLU

Here’s an article from the new American chapter of the Free Speech Union FSU, which also has a Substack site.  Ben Schwarz, one of the authors, is a friend who used to be the national and literary editor of The Atlantic, but now spends a lot of his time defending free speech (I believe he … Continue reading The Free Speech Union criticizes the ACLU

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 reverses course once again in the interest of wokeness

Last September, a surprising article in the New York Times reported on how the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seemed to be losing its mission of defending civil liberties, moving more and more towards “progressive” politics. Part of this transformation involved suddenly prioritizing what speech to defend based on its perceived “harm.” More harmful speech … Continue reading The ACLU reverses course once again in the interest of wokeness

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

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

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