By the way, I should stress — especially given the criticism that I’ve seen of the ACLU from some commenters — that ACLU chapters deserve praise for defending the anti-Islam speech in the two incidents I blogged about today: The blocking of Terry Jones’ planned demonstration outside a Dearborn, Michigan mosque, and the firing of a New Jersey Transit worker for burning a Koran.What will frost my hide, though, is when someone at the ACLU will say, "See? We do support the free speech of conservatives! We supported the Nazis in Skokie, and we support Crazy Pastor Jones!" The assumption being, of course, that those in any way represent modern American conservatism. I'm sure they do, to certain liberals, and that says much more about those liberals than it does about any conservative.
There’s much that I disagree with the ACLU about, and I’m sure we all can find things on which most organizations — including the ACLU — have been inconsistent under our definition of consistency. But I’ve seen quite a lot of excessive criticism of the ACLU as supposedly being unwilling to protect speech by Christians, anti-Islam speech, speech that’s generally labeled as “politically incorrect,” and the like. Yet cases such as this (and these aren’t the only two) show that a good chunk of the legal defense of free speech, including of the freedom to engage in anti-Islam speech, is being fought by ACLU chapters. They deserve credit for that.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I'm Both Surprised and Pleased
It's no secret that I don't view the ACLU favorably, but when they do something right I am always here to cheer them on. This post at The Volokh Conspiracy sums up my views precisely: