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ACLU Backs Away from Support for Free Speech

Friday, June 22, 2018 10:49
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Loathsome as the ACLU may be in most respects, at least it has the redeeming quality that it defends our fundamental civil liberties, like free speech. Or maybe not:

The American Civil Liberties Union has explicitly endorsed the view that free speech can harm “marginalized” [i.e., politically preferred] groups by undermining their civil rights. “Speech that denigrates such groups can inflict serious harms and is intended to and often will impede progress toward equality,” the ACLU declares in new guidelines governing case selection and “Conflicts Between Competing Values or Priorities.”

Free speech is okay, so long as you don’t say anything considered to be unflattering to privileged special interest groups championed by cultural Marxists.

In the past, ACLU lawyers would defend people they didn’t like, if only to shore up their reputation as principled defenders of liberty. But having reached the fork in the road where liberty and social justice head off in diametrically opposite directions, they have opted for the latter. If you are a thought criminal, don’t expect the ACLU to defend your First Amendment rights.

Or your Second Amendment rights either:

[A]ccording to the guidelines, “the ACLU generally will not represent protesters who seek to march while armed.”

So nice of the ACLU execs to at least be up front about their second thoughts regarding civil liberties. Oh wait:

The ACLU leadership had apparently hoped to keep its new guidelines secret, even from ACLU members. They’re contained in an internal document deceptively marked, in all caps, “confidential attorney client work product.”

According to former ACLU board member Wendy Kaminer,

I’m told it was distributed to select ACLU officials and board members, who were instructed not to share it.

The American Civil Liberties Union American Social Justice Union is investigating the leak.

On a tip from Steve T.

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