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Of all the contributors at STACLU, I don’t think I’ve ever fisked Bosun before, but this post is positively begging for it. He credulously repeats the standard religious right rhetoric about this being a Christian nation and, absurdly, cites the Mayflower Compact as evidence. He begins: This was a nation founded on Christian principles. Congratulations,…

Before I ever read the STACLU response to yesterday’s ruling by Judge Taylor, I could easily predict two things: 1. They would declare her an evil, activist, terrorist-loving liberal demon. 2. They would either misunderstand or misrepresent the ruling. Just call me Nostradamus. Here’s John Bambenek’s absurd response, complete with all of those things. Here’s…

Kender’s Hypothetical Absurdity

Good ol’ Kender is up in arms about the ACLU protesting the city of Orlando’s proposed ban on feeding the homeless in parks in Orlando, Florida. He says the ACLU is supporting the “terrorization” of Orlando residents (gotta love the ridiculously inflated and emotion laden rhetoric there) and you’ll love the reasoning: The Orlando City…

Gribbit’s Weak Arguments

Good ol’ Gribbit repeats this one ridiculous argument that is par for the course among the STACLU crowd: the notion that the ACLU intentionally files cases in “ACLU friendly districts”: They often times take “establishment clause” cases in districts where activist federal court judges are more likely to favor their positions… But even if the…

Pat Boone’s ACLU Lies

The Worldnutdaily, for some strange reason, has made Pat Boone – yes, that Pat Boone – a weekly columnist; I guess Perry Como was busy. Most of his columns are just plain embarrassing, of course, but this one about the ACLU was even worse than usual. Let’s see if we can count how many lies,…

More StACLU Nonsense

In the wake of a terrorist cell being taken down in England, the STACLU are frantically pushing their anti-ACLU spin on the situation. In particular, they’re claiming that the ACLU would have prevented our government from acting so effectively because they’re intentionally trying to make us less safe. Why anyone would think that Americans are…

Open Letter to STACLU

I’m going to reprint here the email I just sent to Jay Stephenson. He sent me an email inviting me on his radio show, which I declined, but I sent him a long reply and I think it hits on some important points on our overall disagreement. Jay is clearly the most reasonable person at…

STACLU’s Depth of Analysis

Perhaps I should say lack of depth, since, like most political partisans, they rarely look beyond the surface level of immediate reaction to really think about an issue. This post is a textbook example, where John Bambenek declares a simple double standard: Compare and contrast these two cases: The first, a scandal-ridden New Jersey Senator…

Bambenek on ACLU and Fee Shifting

Another STACLU contributor, John Bambenek, has jumped into the dispute over HR 2679 and the fee shifting provisions in establishment clause cases. Naturally, he’s for ending such fee shifting, but I don’t think his argument is at all consistent. Here’s his argument: However, the money schools have is not their own. The money sitting in…

STACLU has a post up accusing Justice Ginsburg of having a conflict of interest for ruling in a case involving the ACLU because she used to work as an attorney for them. Quoting another blogger, they ask the following question: Is it proper that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg – a former attorney for…