Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Monday, January 31, 2005

The ACLU Backtracks - Without Any Explanation

But I have a good idea why. On January 13, I posted The ACLU Defines What is and What Isn't A Fundamental Civil Liberty, having picked up the link from Different River via Clayton Cramer. Well Striderweb found the story here, and wrote the ACLU a nice letter. Specifically, he told them:
Actually the first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment is the free exercise of religion. The elipses in your quote, which omits the religion clause, is flatly deceitful.
He reports that on January 27 - without explanation - the ACLU revised its web page to show the entire First Amendment, and they now say:
It is no accident that freedom of speech is protected in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights
where before they stated:
It is probably no accident that freedom of speech is the first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment
I love the internet. Widespread dissemination of information, and instant feedback.

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