The ACLU has a noble sounding name. Who, for goodness sakes, could
question the value of a tax-exempt organization that calls itself the
American Civil Liberties Union — Guardian of Liberty. Its
website claims that the ACLU is “… the
nation’s foremost advocate of individual rights — litigating,
legislating, and educating the public on a broad array of issues
affecting individual freedom in the United States.”
Well, I question whether the ACLU deserves to be a tax-exempt
organization, because I do not believe that it treats all Americans
The ACLU says its mission is “… to assure that the Bill of Rights
— amendments to the Constitution that guard against unwarranted
governmental control — are preserved for each new generation.” The ACLU
claims that it “… defends the right of people to express their views,
not the views that they express. And historically, the people whose
opinions are the most controversial or extreme are those whose rights
are most often threatened. Believing that once the government is
empowered to violate one person’s rights it can use that power against
everyone, the ACLU works to stop the erosion of civil liberties before
it’s too late.”
These words sound great. However, when you look at what the ACLU does
and who it defends, you quickly realize that these words ring hollow.
The ACLU claims that it does not “… choose sides according to
financial criteria. Nor do we take political sides; we are neither
liberal nor conservative, Republican nor Democratic. The ACLU is a
nonprofit, nonpartisan, 275,000-member public interest organization
devoted exclusively to protecting the basic civil liberties of all
Americans, and extending them to groups that have traditionally been
denied them. In its almost seven decades in existence, the ACLU has
become a national institution, and is widely recognized as the country’s
foremost advocate of individual rights.”
Doesn’t all of this sound great? It almost brings tears to your eyes.
It also is not the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth, so
help me God. Because if you look closely at what the ACLU does, the ACLU
clearly believes that there are two Bills of Rights — one for the left
and another for the rest of us.
The ACLU says that it is nonpartisan. However, when you read the
ACLU’s list of its greatest accomplishments from 1983 to today,
nonpartisan is the one word that doesn’t fit. Here, straight from its
website, are examples of the ACLU’s nonpartisanship:
- 1987, Block Bork: The ACLU, changing a 51-year-old policy of
neutrality on Supreme Court candidates, mounted a national campaign to
defeat the nomination of Judge Robert Bork. Bork, the ACLU said, posed
an extraordinary threat to fundamental liberties guaranteed by the Bill
of Rights, and to the role of the Supreme Court as the guardian of those
rights. A majority of Senators agreed and rejected his nomination.
1989: Fall-out From Attacks: Months after the ACLU had been attacked
by George Bush during the presidential election campaign, 50,000 new
members signed up in a surge of support for the organization.
1993: Resurgence of the Radical Right: Though the end of the
Reagan-Bush era brought improved prospects for civil liberties at the
federal level, numerous right-wing extremists saw opportunities for
local organizing. The ACLU opposed the agenda of school boards dominated
by extremists and challenged anti-choice anti-gay ballot initiatives.
Does this sound like the position of a “nonpartisan” group? Does
it sound like the position of a group that should be tax exempt? Well,
that is its past; let’s look at its present.
When the Brooklyn Museum of Art offended most of us by displaying a
painting of the Virgin Mary covered with excrement and other obscene
items, the ACLU and the left responded with outrage when Mayor Giuliani
said that public funds should not be used to fund such filth. Rudy
say that the Museum didn’t have the right to offend us. He just said
that they didn’t have the right to use our tax dollars to offend us.
That, according to the ACLU, was an unacceptable affront to the First
When, on the other hand, John Rocker of the Atlanta Braves stuck his
foot, knee and thigh in his mouth by insulting everyone he could think
of, the First Amendment changed color. The very same liberals and ACLU
who said it was OK to offend Catholics and all of us who are Christians
silent. Apparently, if you offend those who the ACLU believes are more
equal than the rest of us, you don’t have any rights worth respecting.
The cowards of the left would be bad enough if they just hid with
their tails between their legs. But no, that wouldn’t be politically
correct. So, with the ACLU looking on in silent approval, the left
demanded that the Atlanta Braves fire John Rocker for what he said. In
an act that offends the very essence of the First Amendment, the
National Baseball League ordered John Rocker to undergo psychological
testing because of what he said.
Excuse me, but since when does an American have to convince a shrink
that he is sane just because he made a fool of himself? Given the ACLU’s
self-righteous claim that they protect the “… people whose opinions
are the most controversial or extreme,” I ask a simple question. Why
hasn’t the ACLU come to the defense of John Rocker’s First Amendment
The ACLU was silent again when people of good conscience protested in
South Carolina against the Confederate battle flag.
Let me be clear. I do not believe that the Confederate battle flag
should fly over South Carolina’s state capitol. I do not believe that
the state flag of Georgia should continue to incorporate the Confederate
battle flag. That’s my opinion, and the Constitution guarantees me the
right to express it.
However, the Constitution also guarantees the same right to descendants
of Confederate soldiers and others who venerate the Confederate battle
flag as part of their history. They argue that whether I like it or not,
that flag is as much a part of our nation’s history as the Stars and
Stripes or the “don’t tread on me flag.” And they are right. Whether the
flag of a nation that lost a war should continue to be used to represent
the government that defeated it is, however, another issue.
That is what the First Amendment is all about: discussing important
issues; telling people what you think and why you feel that way; being
forced to hear and think about points of view that may offend you. In
the end, state legislators in South Carolina and Georgia will decide
what to do. However, I am confused. Because if the ACLU is the champion
of the rights of those who are unpopular, why didn’t it step up to
defend those who want to continue flying the Confederate flag? I keep
reading “my” Constitution and it doesn’t say that the Bill of Rights
only protects liberals.
The left acts as though John Rocker and the Confederate battle flag
are clear and present dangers to America’s safety and stability. Once
again, the left and the ACLU has a double standard, because abortion and
gangsta rap music are far more serious threats to our nation’s soul than
a loud-mouthed jock or a symbol of the losing side of our Civil War.
Unfortunately, the ACLU stands foursquare for the killing of unborn
babies and the right of “musicians” to advocate violence against women
and law enforcement officers. They call themselves the Guardians of our
Liberty. As we say here in Texas, their actions speak so loudly, we
can’t hear what they are saying.
I wish that the ACLU meant what it said and truly protected the
rights of all of us. But it does not. It is partisan. It is leftist. It
doesn’t recognize the rights of baby humans in their mother’s wombs,
conservatives, Republicans, gun owners or those of us who believe that
the Constitution shouldn’t be amended by politicians in robes. As a
result, I believe that the ACLU has forfeited its right to operate as a
tax-exempt organization. It is a political entity and should not be
subsidized by my
However, such a change will not happen just because it makes sense to
me. The ACLU is clear about its vision for America. Two hundred
seventy-five thousand card-carrying ACLU members are working tirelessly
to make that vision a reality.
If you have problems with the ACLU’s double standard, its time to get
to work. An election is coming up. Support political candidates at all
levels who love America, love our Constitution and love true equality.
Support political candidates who will insist that the IRS yank the
tax-exempt status of political organizations masquerading as nonpartisan
nonprofits. Because if you don’t, they will continue to use your tax
dollars to make a mockery of one of the greatest works ever written by
men, our Constitution.