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June 6, 2012

ACLU defends student who challenged campus gay theme - MAD CRAZY UPDATE

I had to look twice, rub my eyes and look again, but it’s true.  The American Civil Liberties Union is sticking up for a Connecticut high school student who wore a t-shirt that protested campus LGBT&c advocacy.

Seth Groody, a junior at Wolcott High School, wore the shirt bearing a rainbow with a slash through it on April 20, which had been designated by the school as a day of awareness of harassment toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. The other side showed two stick figures — a male and a female — holding hands above the message “Excessive Speech Day,” according to the ACLU of Connecticut.

Now, that’s not to say that the ACLU abandoned the party line:

“The ACLU has fought hard for same-sex marriage and we couldn’t agree with Seth less on that issue, but he is absolutely correct about his right to express his opinion,” [CT ACLU legal director Sandra] Staub said.

I have to say that I am impressed with them for sticking to their original mission, the defense of the Bill of Rights.  Too often, the ACLU is just a legal aide society for the Democrat left.  They show up to get Christmas mangers off of public property, but are out to vegan lunch when euro-style gun control is put forward.

I would love it if the ACLU found its way to sustained activism on behalf of the whole Bill of Rights.  They would be like the Old Testament prophets - pretty much nobody would like them.  ACLU fund raiser would be the hardest job in the world.  But they could slap at some of the polarizing silliness that passes for politics today, and get us back to the benefits of our magnificent Constitution.

So, in this case, good on them for placing free speech above state sponsored ideology.

MAD CRAZY UPDATE: Left leaning Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts just came out against NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s effort to ban big sodas, citing the 9th & 10th amendments as the source of his opposition!  What’s going on out there?  Is the trajectory of Venus messing with our planet?

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Timothy Fountain,

I seriously doubt the influence of the stars (fixed or variable) in this matter. To the contrary, I suspect that there are some people in the ACLU who actually understand what the drafters of the Constitution and Bill of Rights intended, agree with it (not unlike François-Marie Arouet, and belong to and/or work for the ACLU for that reason. When I was much younger I knew many who held and lived by what were both then and now considered liberal principles who would have supported the defense of the young man. Sadly, the people we call liberals are no longer liberal, but rather progressive, and as a consequence have become quite thoroughly intolerant of anyone with whom they differ.

Pax et bonum,
Keith Töpfer

[1] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 6-6-2012 at 04:22 PM · [top]

Thanks for that confirmation - my understanding is that the ACLU originally formed to protect the individual against the state by defending the Bill of Rights.  Good point about that subtle shift from liberal to progressive.

[2] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 6-6-2012 at 06:31 PM · [top]

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