Tuesday, December 21, 2004

ACLU: We have met the enemy, and it is us

The New York Times: A.C.L.U.'s Search for Data on Donors Stirs Privacy Fears: "The American Civil Liberties Union is using sophisticated technology to collect a wide variety of information about its members and donors in a fund-raising effort that has ignited a bitter debate over its leaders' commitment to privacy rights."

It doesn't take much imagination to know what the group's reaction would be if its members were subjected to the very same treatment by the federal government. The national news would be clogged with discussions on how to roll back the new McCarthyism. This is rich.

I have long thought that the ACLU's defense of liberty has been selective and based on ideological partisanship, rather than principled and consistent. The most obvious example is the incessant assault on free speech by Christians in public places coupled with unqualified defense of the most outrageous expressions in any circumstance by anyone with an anti-Christian agenda, and consistent silence whenever a Christian is experiencing genuine and even egregious violation of their civil rights. For years I have contended that the initials more truthfully stand for Anti-Christian Litigation Union, and now the group's cynical amorality has now come back to bite its members. It now remains for the abused members to decide, to paraphrase Golda Meir, whether they love their freedom and dignity more than they hate Christians.