The ACLU admits it doesn’t support free speech as written in the Bill of Rights so maybe it’s time to start calling them what they are — Leftists. They were always hard-left but they use to believe in free speech. Imagine a group calling itself a civil liberties union but they’re wishy-washy on free speech.
This is what the hard-left does. They support free speech to ensure their own survival but when they have enough power, they ditch it.
The ACLU no longer supports the First Amendment if it negatively impacts their commitments to social justice, racial equality, and women’s rights, given the possibility that offensive speech might undermine ACLU goals, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
“Our defense of speech may have a greater or lesser harmful impact on the equality and justice work to which we are also committed,” wrote ACLU staffers in a confidential memo obtained by former board member Wendy Kaminer.
As Ms. Kaminer writes in The Wall Street Journal:
The speech-case guidelines reflect a demotion of free speech in the ACLU’s hierarchy of values. Their vague references to the “serious harm” to “marginalized” people occasioned by speech can easily include the presumed psychological effects of racist or otherwise hateful speech, which is constitutionally protected but contrary to ACLU values. Faced with perceived conflicts between freedom of speech and “progress toward equality,” the ACLU is likely to choose equality. If the Supreme Court adopted the ACLU’s balancing test, it would greatly expand government power to restrict speech.