Hot on the heels of the last post, take a look at this post from our old pal Glib Fortuna, showing his ignorance once again. As I did, he cites the FIRE report on speech codes on college campus. But then he uses the standard “where is the ACLU” demagoguery we see so often among the uber-righteous:
So why has the ACLU ignored such an obvious target that would allow it to demonstrate its First Amendment fealty? Well it’s just another example of the ACLU’s hypocrisy. The university is the last station in what the ACLU hopes will have been a steady diet and rigorous regimen of Leftist orthodoxy from birth (and instant abandonment in day care) until at least 22. The old saying goes, “Give me a child until seven and I’ll give you the man,” but groups like the ACLU and their sub-intellectual allies in the universities want to three-up that just to make sure they’ve captured minds and emptied souls. The ACLU allows the fascism (no, this is not hyperbole, it’s calling a spade a spade) to continue without comment because those strong-arm policies marginalize the very people, ideas and organizations the ACLU would gladly see just dry up and go away.
Bzzzt. Thank you for playing, Glib, but this one is utter nonsense. You cite FIRE as a group actively opposing such speech codes, and I applaud that; I’m a huge supporter of FIRE myself. But if you’d done just a tiny bit of research you would have found out, for example, that FIRE was founded by Harvey Silvergate and Alan Charles Kors, both staunch civil libertarians and ACLU supporters. In fact, Silvergate has been on the board of the ACLU of Massachusetts for over 30 years now.
A tiny bit more research and you would have found out that included on its board of advisers are no fewer than three current or former members of the ACLU’s national board (Nat Hentoff, Wendy Kaminer) or full time employees of the ACLU (Woody Kaplan). You might also notice that ACLU President Nadine Strossen is a prominent supporter of FIRE who in on their board of editors for the legal guides they put out has promoted their work widely.
You might have found out that the ACLU has often intervened along with FIRE in cases that they work on. For example, their suit against the University of Maryland; their intervention in a case at Occidental College; and in the Rhode Island case; in the various cases involving the Muhammed cartoons; and at Columbia University. You might have found out, also, that they’ve often issued joint open letters with FIRE in various cases. And you could have found out all of that, and much more, just from the FIRE website.
A little bit more research would have turned up even more information that might have prevented you from looking quite this ignorant. You might have found out that the ACLU has a strongly worded position against campus speech codes. And if you’d read Nat Hentoff’s book Free Speech for Me But Not for Thee, you would know that the ACLU has filed two lawsuits against campus speech codes that resulted in Federal district court rulings striking them down (one was against the University of Wisconsin, the other against the University of Michigan). In the only Federal appeals court decision striking down a campus speech code, Iota Xi v. GMU, the ACLU filed amicus briefs on behalf of the plaintiffs.
If the ACLU REALLY cared about the First Amendment and held universities accountable, instead of allowing its breeding ground to be a laboratory for the ugly future society it prefers, the college campus would be a freer place today. Alas, the ACLU proves once again that it couldn’t give a rip about the First Amendment beyond the ruffle-and-flourish cover it provides its dark intent.
No, Glib. What this proves, once again, is that the STACLU crowd never lets little things like facts get in the way of a perfectly good emotional rant.