ACLU Only Protects The Left's Agenda

  • 08/21/2017
  • Source: The Hill
  • by: David E. Weisberg
ACLU Only Protects The Left's Agenda
By David Shankbone (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Earlier this month, I wrote a column about the American Civil Liberties Union. I said then that the ACLU, which bills itself as “our nation’s guardian of liberty,” would more accurately be described as the guardian of a far-left progressive agenda. Just days ago, the organization resoundingly confirmed my point.

My previous column discussed a proposed federal law which would prohibit anyone in the U.S. from refusing to do business with Israelis in compliance with an internationally-organized boycott of Israel. The ACLU opined that such a law would violate free speech rights under the First Amendment because punishment would be imposed on a U.S. person who had merely voiced agreement with a boycott.

I think that is incorrect. The anti-boycott legislation would parallel exactly our federal civil rights statutes: anyone can say anything — no matter how hateful — about other races, religions or ethnicities, but a landlord, for example, is not permitted to refuse to rent a home to a family because of that family’s race.

The ACLU would never argue that federal civil rights statutes violate free speech. But, where the injured party is Israel, they suddenly detect a violation of the First Amendment. To my mind, this is not legal analysis. It is the advancement of a far-left agenda. And now the ACLU has made its bias even more blindingly obvious.
 
 Source: The Hill
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