June 8, 2007

Free Speech is in the Eye of the ACLU

Filed under: ACLU,Politics,Religion — acepundit @ 12:17 pm

Two stories today on the ACLU. In the first one the organization is angry at a school for suppressing free speech. In the second they’re angry at a school for not suppressing free speech.

Here the ACLU “pushes” free speech:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has demanded that Cincinnati State Technical and Community College stop interfering with a campaign aimed at increasing wages and health care for janitors on campus.

On Thursday, the ACLU of Ohio sent a letter to Cincinnati State President Ron Wright expressing concern about, among other things, action taken against a student for distributing flyers that encouraged recipients to sign a petition and e-mail Wright in support of the school janitors, who work for a private company.

“This appears to be a classic example of government silencing speech because they disagree with the message,” ACLU of Ohio Legal Director Jeff Gamso said in a statement.

And here’s a classic example of an ACLU lawsuit filed to punish a school for not stopping free speech:

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Tangipahoa Parish School Board are squaring off over prayer for the sixth time.

The ACLU has filed suit over a prayer said at a public high school graduation last month. According to the suit, the school knew a prayer would be included in the program that included “Lord, we thank you” and “in Jesus’ name.”

The ACLU claimed the board did nothing to stop the prayer.

Well get out the ropes ’cause it’s time to hang some board members. I mean, how on earth could they have allowed such a travesty to take place? Weren’t there like, non-religious people at the ceremony at risk of fainting? Somebody please send a donation TODAY to the ACLU so we can restore the constitutional rights that were clearly violated when God was mentioned in public, specifically the rights found in the First Amendment that I have generously reprinted:

Congress School boards shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting allowing the free exercise thereof; or abridging allowing the freedom of speech;nor shall any person say the J-word or G-word at a high school graduation.



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  2. Ace

    I think you are missing the point of the second lawsuit. The issue here is clearly the establishment clause. We are dealing with religion not free speech. A prayer in school has been found to be unconstitutional in that it establishes a state religion. If you want to say a prayer in a private school you are certainly free to do so. The freedom to speak ends when your speech violates the rights of others.

    Comment by Greg Jerome — June 8, 2007 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

  3. We are dealing with BOTH religion and free speech. Speaking religiously is protected by free speech. The point of my parody of the First Amendment is that a speaker saying a prayer at a graduation is hardly “Congress respecting an esptablishment of religion.”

    As for the constitutionality of prayer in public school, the Supreme Court is one vote away from allowing it. Moderate Justice Kennedy is now the 5th vote banning it, so that can change within the next couple of years…or sooner. I’m still not sympathetic to anyone who thought their rights were “violated.”

    – Ace

    Comment by acepundit — June 8, 2007 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  4. Ace, you just don’t get it. A school is funded by LAW, it receives FEDERAL MONEY BY LAW, CONGRESS CAN MAKE NO LAW ESTABLISHING RELIGION. Then there’s the captive audience precendents – the reason why panhandling was banned from subways and buses, for example. Then there’s the LAWS regarding compulsory education. Then there’s the rights of the parents to choose the religious exposure of their children. It goes on and on and on. You are just not looking deep enough at the issue. Typical, simpleminded, knee-jerk, anti-ACLU (and therefore anti-Civil Rights) stupidity.


    Comment by Jersey McJones — June 12, 2007 @ 10:06 am | Reply

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