200 ACLU Staffers Clearly Don’t Understand Their Job, Condemn Speech They Dislike

The ACLU has had a spotty track record in recent years, but now 200 staffers have gone so far as to sign an open letter condemning the universal right to free speech.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been around since 1920, with a commitment to protect people’s fundamental rights, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. In the same decade, the ACLU began working alongside the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the organization has been actively defending the rights of civil rights, anti-war, pro-war, and all varieties of protesters ever since. The ACLU even went to bat to ensure the rights of the tiki-torchers in Charlottesville were not infringed upon, despite the near-universal derision towards Nazis. Of course, defending unpopular speech is the whole point, since popular speech doesn’t need protection. That critical fact is lost on a worrying number of ACLU staffers, however, as demonstrated by 200 signatures on an open letter condemning the universal right to free speech.

The organization was divided about the tragic Charlottesville situation, with internal detractors citing the ensuing violence as a just cause to restrict free speech for some. Of course, neo-Nazis are not the only people that get violent, and the Antifa agitators that showed up in Charlottesville were also armed and ready to commit violence. We’re not supposed to talk about that, though.

The ACLU has around 1300 full time staff, so 200 signatures is far from a majority of the organization, and there is still plenty of stalwart free-speech support within the ranks. The organization has already decided that a protester exercising their second amendment right is no longer protected by the first amendment, which is a departure from its historic defense of the armed Black Panthers, among others. The deadly weapon in Charlottesville was a car, of course, which totally enfeebles their justification for the restriction.

If you’re wondering why anybody that opposes basic civil liberties would work at the ACLU, you’re not alone. There are reasons that animal rights activists – or those with a debilitating fear of clowns – don’t take jobs at McDonald’s: It’s idiotic.

But there’s still some hope for the once-august institution. In August, LA Times reported a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which removed or rejected advertisements with little meaningful justification. The ACLU’s lawsuit gained some notoriety for representing not just organizations like PETA and the ACLU itself, but from controversial political pundits, like Milo Yiannopoulos.

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  1. Steve O

    October 6, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    If the ACLU is an organization committed to certain free speech principles, how did it manage to hire 200 people whose ideal are opposed to its core mission? And now, having self-identified themselves, why does the ACLU keep them?

    • PunJabber

      October 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Because firing them for signing that letter would violate their right to free speech, of course!

      • GTKRWN

        October 6, 2017 at 9:22 pm

        Yeah. It’s not like they’re (((Google))) or anything.

        • PunJabber

          October 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm

          Wow, you’ll stick your adolf into anything, won’t you?

        • PunJabber

          October 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm

          Hey, that edit was a good idea. If I’d written “Jewgle” I’d have changed it too! Now only someone with a )))Captain Aryan((( Secret Decoder Ring will know what you were talking about.

    • harlan leys

      October 7, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Anthony D Romero

  2. DEPLORABLE Grandma Susan

    October 6, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Skokie, IL? ACLU has 200 people who have never heard about the defense of REAL NAZIS that the ACLU championed?

    • harlan leys

      October 7, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Does this supposed ‘open letter’ from 200 staff actually exist? If it’s open, how come only the New York Times seems to possess it? They claim that a former ACLU board member gave them this letter, while citing an unnamed ‘spokeswoman’ as source for the 200 signatories claim. Does that smell of fish stink? Youbet.

      That said, (according to the NYT) ACLU boss Romero, distinguished Skokie – where the Nazis were ‘outnumbered 70 to 1 by counter-protesters, and dependent on the police for protection’ – from Charlottesville, where any supposed threat came from armed ‘neo-Nazis’. Back in the ’30s, the ACLU differentiated defending a 1st Amendment right to peacefully protest, from seeking to hold armed rallies.

      ‘An A.C.L.U. pamphlet issued in 1934, defended the right of Nazis to hold meetings, while stating A.C.L.U. opposition “drilling with arms” – wielding them in public.’

      Mr. Simon emphasized that after Charlottesville, neither he nor colleagues he has spoken to are any less resolute about defending the First Amendment. But, he said, there was a recognition that “guns have changed a lot in the decades since Skokie.” The phenomenon of people turning up at demonstrations with rifles struck him, he said, as relatively new.


    October 6, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    >If you’re wondering why anybody that opposes basic civil liberties would work at the ACLU…

    …. I’m not, really. The liberals infest everything like a cancer then corrupt the host from the inside. It’s how they operate. They are quite literally a disease.

    • Hairatic Rick

      October 7, 2017 at 4:23 am

      Really? All liberals? HA! You put everyone in the same basket and call them crazy, you will makes great SJW, hate everyone who is not you … Hate’em hard! HA! ???????? HA!

  4. True.Epic.Crusader

    October 7, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Is that a BLM member in the photograph?

  5. Hairatic Rick

    October 7, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Okay, you know their names … Fire them! Problem solved. ????

  6. LibertarianX

    October 7, 2017 at 8:04 am

    The left just can’t understand or accept that the people they don’t like have the same rights they do.

  7. harlan leys

    October 7, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Since the ACLU’s current leftist boss took over, political bias has at times trumped objective support for freedom. Even to a point where, having opposed a law creating a 35-foot fixed buffer zone around abortion clinics from which protesters were barred from approaching clients and staff or giving them brochures in 2007, the ACLU now calls for the court to uphold the law!

    Writing in The Wall Street Journal about the case, constitutional lawyer Floyd Abrams observed that

    “the First Amendment has not changed in the 14 years between the filing of the ACLU briefs in Hill and McCullen; the ACLU has. The old ACLU got it right.”

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