It’s no surprise that the Religious Right isn’t a fan of the ACLU.
But now, a Christian Right group is attacking the ACLU for supporting… another Christian Right group.
Merrilee Carlson, the President of Families United For Our Troops and Their Mission (I don’t think they mean your families, though, you heathen scum), sent out a press release because the ACLU was defending Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church.
Maybe there’s a Christian out there thinking, “WBC? They’re not real Christians; they’re a hate group.”
Hate group, yes. But no doubt they believe they’re accurately following the Bible. They’re just not your kind of Christian.
And perhaps unfortunately, Phelps’ clan has the same rights as everyone else — including free speech and the right to peacefully protest. That’s what the ACLU is defending. They’re not supporting what the WBC is doing, simply their right to do it.
It’s the same reason the Ku Klux Klan would receive similar protection from the ACLU, the same reason pro-lifers who wanted to peacefully protest in front of an abortion clinic would be defended.
The ACLU doesn’t take on cases just because they support some progressive agenda; they’re here to protect civil liberties for everyone. Free speech is protected even if it’s vile and abhorrent.
So why attack them? Carlson says this:
“My son died in Iraq fighting to protect the Constitutional rights and liberties that the ACLU is now trying to exploit. This lawsuit proves the ACLU will stop at nothing to drive an agenda that disrespects and degrades our fallen heroes and their families…”
Right… the ACLU hates the troops. That makes sense.
And talk about exploitation, at the bottom of the note is a message that Carlson’s son was killed in Iraq in 2005 — the same note that is on several press releases — as if that gives Carlson the right to make ludicrous statements.