Showing posts with label ACLU. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ACLU. Show all posts

Friday, October 10, 2014

This Wisconsin ad from the ACLU featuring Lewis Black may the best thing you'll see today.

Courtesy of Raw Story:

Comedian Lewis Black blasted voting restrictions in Wisconsin in an ad posted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday. 

“Elected officials shouldn’t get to choose who gets to choose elected officials,” Black rants. “Look, people marched and fought and died for the right to vote. And they want to legislate away that sacrifice to stay in power? Not on my watch, baby.”

In my opinion any time you can get Lewis Black in an ad for ANYTHING, you should do exactly that. 

And I think in this ad he perfectly reflects my feelings concerning anybody who would suppress our right to vote in this country.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Louisiana District Court judge delivers smackdown against teacher who pushed Creationism in classroom while ridiculing other religions, and the school district who defended him.

Judge Elizabeth Foote
Courtesy of Raw Story:  

The parents of a Buddhist student in Louisiana ridiculed by a creationist teacher won their lawsuit against the school district, the American Civil Liberties Union revealed Friday. 

The student, known as C.C., was asked by sixth-grade teacher Rita Roark to answer the following question on a test: “ISN’T IT AMAZING WHAT THE _____________ HAS MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” 

When C.C. failed to respond “Lord,” Roark responded “you’re stupid if you don’t believe in God.” She also frequently denigrated his Buddhist faith, as well as the Hindu faith, referring to both as “stupid.” When his parents complained to Sabine Parish Superintendent Sara Ebarb, they were told that “this is the Bible belt,” so they should expect to find the Christian God in the classroom. Ebarb advised them that if they wanted an ungodly classroom, they should transfer C.C. to a school where “there are more Asians.” 

Judge Elizabeth Foote of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana sided with C.C. and his parents, citing that Roark’s behavior — and the school’s decision to defend it — clearly violated “the Free Exercise and Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.” 

With regard to the specific behavior of Roark, Judge Foot wrote that “[t]he District and School Board are permanently enjoined from permitting School Officials at any school within the School District to promote their personal religious beliefs to students in class or during or in conjunction with a School Event.” Furthermore, “School Officials shall not denigrate any particular faith, or lack thereof, or single out any student for disfavor or criticism because of his or her particular faith or religious belief, or lack thereof.” 

The judge also ordered all the members of the school board to undergo training to make them more sensitive to their responsibilities with respect to the First Amendment.

And remember THIS happened in Louisiana, home of Bobby Jindal who has been pushing Creationism into the public school system for some time now. 

This is a huge reality check for them, and hopefully for others in the religious right that they can no longer force their belief system onto others with impunity.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Yay, for Albuquerque!

Courtesy of Aljazeera America:  

In a closely watched, first-of-its-kind municipal election, voters in New Mexico's largest city have defeated a proposed ban on late-term abortions. 

Voters in Albuquerque on Tuesday rejected the measure 55 to 45 percent, following an emotional and graphic campaign that brought in national groups and hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising. The campaign included protests that compared abortion to the Holocaust and displayed pictures of aborted fetuses. 

A coalition of groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and Planned Parenthood, called the results a huge victory for Albuquerque women and families. 

"Albuquerque families sent a powerful message today — they do not want the government interfering in their private medical decisions," Micaela Cadena, of the Respect ABQ Women campaign, said in a statement. 

"Dangerous, unconstitutional laws like the one we rejected today have no place in Albuquerque, no place in New Mexico, no place anywhere in our nation," she added.

This is great news!

I have to admit that I was worried that this law was going to pass and that it would set a precedent for a number of southern cities to follow suit. 

But damn if logic, common sense, and rational thinking didn't save the day again.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Steve Schmidt is now working for the ACLU. As if Sarah Palin needed ANOTHER reason to despise him.

Courtesy of the ACLU:

Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act in the landmark United States v. Windsor case, the American Civil Liberties Union announced a nationwide campaign to bring Republicans into its efforts to strike down barriers to the freedom to marry in states across the country. 

"Today's historic Supreme Court decision will pave the way for full equality for gay and lesbian couples across America," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. "But for a full civil liberties victory, we need broad-based support from coast to coast. That's why the ACLU is joining with Republican leaders to fight to end state-based limits on the freedom to marry." 

With the goal of working both with and within the Republican Party, the ACLU has hired Steve Schmidt, vice chairman of public affairs at Edelman. 

Schmidt's role will be to help spearhead the campaign to strike down state-based laws prohibiting same-sex marriage. The campaign will, over the next four years, challenge legislative and constitutional provisions in states such as Illinois, Oregon, Hawaii, Montana, and others. The ACLU aims to spend roughly $10 million through 2016 and will officially announce the initiative with an ad in tomorrow's edition of The Wall Street Journal.

So Schmidt has finally finished his evolution from advising John McCain and using baling wire and duct tape to turn Sarah Palin into a presentable VP candidate, to working with one of the most hated by conservative groups in the country.

And worse yet, doing it in order to help spread "the gay agenda."

I can only imagine how dented that refrigerator in Wasilla Scottsdale will end up after a certain bewigged lunatic gets a load of this news.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

ACLU tells Bush to stop making everything a secret.

The American Civil Liberties Union is pressing the Senate to rebuke the Bush administration's over-eager invocation of its state secrets privilege to block all manner of judicial oversight of its most controversial programs, including extraordinary rendition and warrantless wiretapping.

The Bush administration uses the argument that they are keeping us safe from terrorists by making these things secret.

Bullshit! They are only concerned with keeping themselves safe.

They know they have broken the rules and that if anybody ever finds out all that they have done they may face impeachment or imprisonment.

So I applaud the ACLU's efforts to expose this criminal regime and allow the bright light of scrutiny to reveal their many crimes.