the ACLU needs to get A CLU
a common sense response to the so-called "American Civil Liberties Union"
The American Civil Liberties Union is representing the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) pro bono in a Massachusetts case. Apparently, to them, an organization devoted to encouraging pedophilia and legalizing sex between children and adults is entitled to free legal defense.
And just in case you need to read on...
The ACLU issued a press release announcing a lawsuit to challenge the posting of a list of 'Voter Responsibilities' in Florida. Some of the requirements are that a voter "study and know candidates and issues," "bring proper identification to the polling station," and "know how to operate voting equipment properly." "The plaintiffs claim that these provisions, and their prominent display as required by the new Florida law, are a throwback to the days of literacy tests, and may disproportionately impact race and language minorities in exercising the right to vote."
Get a clu, ACLU. Educating oneself about the candidates and issues is the bare minimum we should expect from the voting public.
“This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory and not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.” Sounds perfectly sound, doesn't it? The scientific method by its very nature requires observation. Macro-evolution has not been observed anywhere at anytime. Evolution is still a theory. But oh my, this might open young minds up to the possiblity that we didn't just arrive on the earth by random chance. This got the ACLU very huffy, and so they tacked "religion" onto it, and filed a lawsuit over Atlanta schools putting a sticker with the above on their biology textbooks. Never mind that the sticker did not mention creationism, or even discuss any religion. Get a clu, ACLU. With what part of "this... should be approached with an open mind" do you take such issue?
The ACLU signed a statement in January agreeing to not hire people whose names appear on "watch lists" of those suspected of having ties to terrorists. The concept of these lists is the exact kind of thing the ACLU is (usually) vehemently opposed to. In fact according to testimony in the Senate, the ACLU is likely to sure any airline that deviates from "random screening" and questions more than 2 passengers from any ethnic or geographic group. (Never mind that each of the planes on 9/11 had more than 2 terrorists, all from the same ethnic group). The ACLU has also gotten huffy about CAPPS II (see below). Signing such an agreement was a condition of receiving donations through the government's employee payroll deduction program...
A Virginia state law makes it illegal for teens to attend a nudist camp without a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian. Featured activities at this camp are volleyball and swimming, and the camp manager Bob Roche said that the camp would teach teens social interaction skills. (I bet it would). The ACLU said litigation is likely and Roche said, "if we have to, we will sue for money." Virginia delegate Richard Black said, "There are laws against child pornography - and if you can't put it in a picture, I don't understand why you could put it at an outdoors camp." Rebecca Glenberg, legal director of the ACLU of Virginia called this common sense law a "knee jerk" reaction. "There was no good reason to enact this law, and there is no reason to believe that these camps are harmful to children in any way," says she. Fortunately a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit brought on by the camp. Looks like the teenagers will have to wait at least another year to spike a volleyball in the nude and go skinny dipping. (Whatever happened to basket weaving and navigating with a compass?) Get a clu, ACLU. Is there any "good reason" for half the things that come out of your camp?
As the FCC is cracking down on media outlets for indecent programming (which is more than justifiable especially following the recent antics of Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake, Bono, and Howard Stern), the ACLU joined a group that filed a petition whining about it. "The FCC is now setting itself up as a national censorship board, seeking to impose its version of morality on the American public," said Chris Hansen, an ACLU staff attorney. (Washington Times, April 20, 2004) Get a clu, ACLU. You do not own the airwaves, the public does. The airwaves are limited and therefore broadcasters have a (gasp) responsibility to the public that for instance the press does not have. Howard Stern, average Joe, anyone, can start a newsletter, magazine, or Web site and say whatever they want to. Broadcasters do not have this luxury.
boys striving to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind...
and the aclu trying to put a stop to it
The ACLU sued to put a stop to the Boy Scouts of San Diego to use a city facility called Balboa Park for a summer camp. The park has been leased to the Scouts since 1957, and the Scouts had invested $5 million into it, and it is open to the public. The ACLU claimed that the Boy Scouts must be considered a "religious organization" because they do not view active homosexuals to be fit to serve as Scoutmasters for these young men (oh yeah, and that bit about "doing their duty to God and their country"). The suit began when two couples (one of whom was a lesbian couple) said that the Scouts policies made homosexuals feel excluded. (Never mind that neither couple had ever been to the park).
In return for their efforts, the ACLU has collected $790,000 in legal fees and $160,000 in court costs.
friendly neighborhood porn, courtesy of the aclu
The Children’s Internet Protection Act was passed in 2000 and was upheld by the Supreme Court when pro-porn lawyers tried to tie it up in court. Yet not surprisingly, the ACLU sued because the law supposedly violates the right to free speech. After all, they seemed to be saying, lower income people without the Internet at home need to be able to filterlessly download porn with public library computers. Get a clu, ACLU. As if the "right to free speech" should include the right of a curious 13-year-old to walk down the street to the library and surf for porn sites on public computers without parental knowledge or consent.
find the cross
The ACLU threatened to sue Los Angeles County unless it removed a small cross from its seal, which had been emblazoned on thousands of buildings as well as stationery, flags, etc, for almost 50 years. The seal contained 6 panels with the Roman goddess Pomona, representing the regions agriculture, at the center. The cross represented the area's settlement by Spanish missionaries. Other images included a triangle and caliper (industry), oil derricks, San Salvador, and a tuna and cow (fishing and dairy). The county unfortunately bowed to the pressure. Get a clu, ACLU. The cross was not, as you said, "an impermissible endorsement of Christianity" any more than featuring Pomona was an endorsement of pagan worship.
People, this cross took up less than one-fourth of one percent of the surface area on this seal. Said Joseph Farah on worldnetdaily.com, "The cross would hardly have been noticed if it had not been brought to the world's attention by the ACLU... The ACLU is not concerned about the establishment of religion at all. It is concerned about the elimination of Christianity from public life in America."
While they fight to expunge any form of Christianity from America's public landscape, they seem to have an amazing tolerance for expressions of other faiths.
California public schools, for example, recently had students, without their parents' knowledge, to take a course on Islam, complete with recitation of prayers. The ACLU was silent on this issue.
The Washington Times reported that in Utah, the ACLU even set up a scavenger hunt, with a prize for anyone who found another Ten Commandments monument the ACLU could persuade an activist judge to removed.... and that as a reward for winning the removal of Judge Moore's Ten Commandments display in Alabama, the ACLU, Americans United for Church and State and the Southern Poverty Law Center collected $540,000 in attorney's fees and expenses from taxpayers. (June 17, 2004)
The ACLU got all huffy when they heard that the Hagerstown Suns AA baseball team were offering (gasp) $2 discounts to fans who brought (heaven forbid!) church bulletins to Sunday games. This was not restricted to selected denominations or religions, the bulletin could have come from any church, synagogue, Unitarian gathering, wiccan mass, whatever, held any day of the week. Moreover, the Suns even freely offerered to give the original offended fan a bulletin that he could use anyway to get the discount, and he refused. The ACLU sued, then claimed that the Suns were working this fracas for publicity. Get a clu, ACLU. Your whining is what caused most of the attention this received.
Since the Our Lady of Lourdes Healthcare Service in New Jersey has a policy against abortion, the ACLU wants them to provide a separate building on its campus for that purpose. They argue that the hospital is obligated to abort fetuses because its original mission statement called for "comprehensive" health care services. Get a clu, ACLU. The mission statement was written in 1961, when abortion was a felony. Is abortion "comprehensively healthy" for pre-born babies? I guess this is a wrong question to ask an organization who has on its web site a section called "Fighting Fetal Rights."
The ACLU is one of many liberal groups who organized a pro-abortion march in Washington DC in April 2004. Teamed with them was the National Education Association, whose headquarters acted as a hospitality center for the marchers. (Washington Times, April 19, 2004) Thousands of pro-life teachers and school staff are required to belong to - and pay dues to - the NEA, while the organization uses their resources for pro-abortion political purposes. Get a clu, ACLU -- are you telling us is that it's not ok to talk about Christianity or abstinence, yet it is perfectly ok to espouse the killing of innocent children, including partial-birth abortion?
Yes, the ACLU is one of the groups that filed law suits claiming that the ban on partial birth abortion of November 2003 takes away a "fundamental constitutional right." Abortion providers themselves have gone on record to say that during this procedure, there is "usually a heartbeat," and that the baby is "still living," and that there "will be pain caused," perhaps "severe and excruciating." Get a clu, ACLU -- a constitutional right? And you can't blame this rhetoric on the pro-lifers either, this is coming straight from the chief proponents themselves.
Drivers in Tennessee almost had the option to choose specialty license plates that read, "Choose Life," when the ACLU sued, claiming that the slogan "discriminates against residents with an opposing viewpoint." An "opposing viewpoint" to "Choose Life?" Wonder what that could mean. Discrimination against residents with such? Get a clu, ACLU, if you want to lobby for a license plate that reads, "Choose Death," go right ahead.
I believe that God has planted in every heart the desire to live in freedom.
George W. Bush
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