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Thursday, July 27, 2006

ACLU still supports First Amendment



Freedom of Speech, the foundation of democracy.

The Iconoclast is pleased to report that the First Amendment to the Constitution is still alive and well at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Back in June, we reported on the ACLU proposed internal guidelines that would have effectively censored ACLU board members on what they could say in public, and control what questions they could ask of the ACLU executive director. The proposed guidelines would have also established other draconian measures to keep an eye on ACLU employees. By keeping an eye on, we mean monitoring what they say and think.

These guidelines have been widely condemned within the ACLU organization itself and elsewhere as being a hypocritical betrayal of the ACLU’s traditional role as a staunch defender of the Constitution and especially the First Amendment civil liberties relating to free speech.

In news, just released recently, the ACLU leadership has re-thought its proposed guidelines and has withdrawn the most odious of provisions.

The official ACLU statement on this course reversal can be seen by clicking here.

Freedom of speech… the first and perhaps the most important of our civil liberties… don’t take it for granted!!! Not for a second…even here in America the “home of the brave and land of the free.”

Little seeds of tyranny remain hidden and dormant, even where you least expect to find them, only to sprout and flourish when good citizens let down their guard.

Freedom!

Please take care of it.

2 Comments:

  • At 8/02/2006 1:34 AM, Anonymous member said…

    Ok. I will bite. As a card carrying member of the ACLU (yes we are real people) there was some concern, but never any real doubt. The end results were as i expected. Logical people thought this problem out and came to the appropriate conclusion.

     
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