I spent this past weekend reviewing a number of issues involving the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). It has been clear for a long time that the ACLU is out of step not only with the American people, but oftentimes with common sense. If you take a look at a number of the critical issues we are involved in, it is often the ACLU who is on the opposing side. On the issue of partial-birth abortion, it was the ACLU and others who led the charge to have this bipartisan act of Congress declared unconstitutional. The ACLU took sides in the case with the pro-abortion groups who believe that the taking of the unborn childs life even during delivery should be constitutionally protected.
On the religious liberty front, the ACLUs assault on the Ten Commandments and other forms of expressions of faith in the public square has been unrelenting. The pornography issue has also been one where the ACLU has taken an aggressive and, in my view, dangerous position. The ACLU has even gone so far as to say the possession of child pornography deserves constitutional protection.
I have instructed our ACLJ regional offices and our affiliates throughout the country to aggressively pursue cases involving the ACLU. We are prepared to defend cities, counties, members of Congress and others who are placed in the legal crosshairs by the ACLU and their lawyers. Even with regard to the War on Terrorism, the ACLU has taken a very aggressive position in order to declare the Bush Administrations policies and procedures unconstitutional. Fortunately, when it comes to the Patriot Act, the ACLU has not been successful.
We have put up a new user poll on the website this week regarding the ACLU. I want to know what issue of the ACLU concerns you the most and encourage you to participate in this new user poll.
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