Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Idiot ACLU

The New York Times reported today that the ACLU is considering a proposal that would discourage its board members from making public their disagreements with ACLU board policies. The Times stated:

"The American Civil Liberties Union is weighing new standards that would discourage its board members from publicly criticizing the organization’s policies and internal administration.

'Where an individual director disagrees with a board position on matters of civil liberties policy, the director should refrain from publicly highlighting the fact of such disagreement,' the committee that compiled the standards wrote in its proposals.

'Directors should remember that there is always a material prospect that public airing of the disagreement will affect the A.C.L.U. adversely in terms of public support and fund-raising,' the proposals state.

Given the organization’s longtime commitment to defending free speech, some former board members were shocked by the proposals."

As well they should. The story goes on to reveal that these policies are being floated at a time when ACLU head Anthony Romero appears not be playing well with others. Romero has had a long-running battle with board member Wendy Kaminer over board policies, and recently has had run-ins with Alison Steiner and David Kennison, going so far as to imply that he has "thick files" on board members who disagree with him.

The story only appeared in the Times this morning, but already right wing blogs, and that defender of free speech, Bill O'Reilly (more on him later) are already ridiculing the ACLU.

If Mr. Romero can't take criticism, then he should consider another job rather than trying to get the board to adopt policies that would make the ACLU a public laughingstock for its hypocrisy.


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