Friday, June 14, 2024

Ex-ACLU Leader Slams Organization’s Lurch Toward Cancel Culture

'In other words, before they’re gonna defend your free speech, they want to see what you say ... '

(Joshua Paladino, Headline USAFormer American Civil Liberties Union Director Ira Glasser criticized the group for embracing a “progressive” and “partisan” agenda and for failing to defend free speech across the political spectrum, The New York Post reported.

Glasser made the comments on Real Time with Bill Maher in response to the ACLU’s decision to support Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, who vetoed a public school curriculum transparency bill.

Glasser said the ACLU now requires its lawyers to balance their defense of civil liberties with their protection of the woke agenda.

“There is a requirement now for ACLU lawyers that before they take a case defending someone’s free speech, they have to make sure that the speech doesn’t offend or threaten other civil liberties values,” he said.

The ACLU’s current director Anthony D. Romero has abandoned the group’s principled defense of civil liberties to support affirmative action, widespread voting fraud, illegal aliens‘ rights, abortion rights, and LGBTQ rights.

“In other words, before they’re gonna defend your free speech, they want to see what you say,” Glasser said. “That’s the ACLU? No, that’s the government!”

In the past, the ACLU sought information about school curriculums, especially insofar as schools taught about Christianity.

Now, the group does not want transparency in woke school curriculums, so that parents cannot hold accountable the teachers, unions, and school districts.

“The ACLU has become … more of a political partisan, what they call ‘progressive’ organization,” Glasser.

The ACLU’s deterioration threatens all Americans’ rights because “there isn’t any other ACLU,” Glasser said.

“And if there isn’t somebody who’s prepared to defend what you say,” he said. “Then the government gets to decide who can speak. And that’s the most dangerous thing of all.”

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