In the past I’ve characterized the American Civil Liberties Union as “evil.”
It’s still as true as ever today. But now I need to I need to hurl a new epithet at the group that is anything but “American,” anything but “civil,” anything but a fighter for “liberties,” and an avid promoter of “disunion.”
Yesterday, Kary L. Moss, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and a member of the Detroit News editorial board’s advisory committee, wrote in that fish wrapper an apologia for her organization – bemoaning all the allegedly unfair and untruthful accusations that have been leveled against it.
At the very top of the ACLU’s enemies list, I’m happy to report, is WND. Here’s what Kary Moss and the Detroit News published about my news organization:
“Take, for instance, the website WorldNetDaily, which has suggested that the ACLU is actively working to remove ‘In God We Trust’ from U.S. currency, fire military chaplains and delete all references to God in America’s founding documents.
“Of course, there is no ‘Merry Christmas’ lawsuit, nor is there any ACLU litigation about U.S. currency, military chaplains, etc. But the facts aren’t important to these groups. If they were, they would learn that the ACLU defends the rights of Christians, the rights of other religious people and nonbelievers alike.”
The facts aren’t important to “these groups”? I’ll tell you about a group not the least bit concerned with facts and truth, and that is the ACLU.
Here are some facts: WND has never reported any of the things it is alleged to have reported by Kary Moss and her friends at the Detroit News. None. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
No, WND has never suggested (note that word) the ACLU is actively working to remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency.
No, WND has never suggested the ACLU is actively working to fire military chaplains.
No, WND has never suggested the ACLU is actively working to delete all references to God in America’s founding documents.
No, WND has never suggested any of these things – not in its news reports, not in its commentaries, not in its more than 10 years of publishing on the Internet has it suggested any of these things.
Where I strongly suspect Kary Moss got the idea for the big lie was in a promotion for our Whistleblower magazine cover story on her organization.
Here’s what that promotion of the blistering special report, “EXTORTION: How the ACLU is destroying America using your money,” actually said: “The headlines assault us daily: ‘Silent Night’ can’t be sung at school; the Defense Department must stop sponsoring Boy Scout troops; a tiny Christian cross must be removed from the Los Angeles County seal; Nativity scenes on a courthouse lawn are unconstitutional. Americans’ heads are spinning, as they wonder what the next judicial outrage will be: Removing ‘In God We Trust’ from U.S. currency? Firing all military chaplains? Expunging all references to God in America’s founding documents?”
And that’s as close as anyone at WND – staff reporter, freelancer or independent commentator – has come to making the statements ACLU official and Detroit News contributor Kary Moss scurrilously charges WND made.
But I guess it should surprise me that an evil organization like the ACLU would be forced to make up lies to portray itself as the victim of an organized campaign of unjust persecution.
I guess what surprises me, a lifelong member of the news media, is that we still have newspapers willing to publish such atrocious and defamatory lies without giving it a second thought. No fact checking. No corrections when the error was brought to the paper’s attention. No apologies.
Instead, the lying executive director of the Michigan ACLU, a chapter of one of the most anti-American and most destructive organizations in the country, remains on the editorial board advisory committee of the Detroit News, free to spin the group’s agenda without the least concern for truth, accuracy and the facts.