Last September, a surprising article in the New York Times reported on how the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seemed to be losing its mission of defending civil liberties, moving more and more towards “progressive” politics. Part of this transformation involved suddenly prioritizing what speech to defend based on its perceived “harm.” More harmful speech (e.g., speech offending minorities or other oppressed groups) was to be given lower legal priority.
This was a complete reversal of the history of the ACLU, an organization that was one of my favorites. (They gave me pro bono legal help when I took the government to court over being illegally called up for alternative service as a conscientious objector.) Now, it seems, they think that some people deserve more civil rights than others. This was all documented in one of my posts and in an article on Tablet that quoted secret ACLU documents.Jerry Coyne, “The ACLU reverses course once again in the interest of wokeness” at Why Evolution Is True (January 30, 2022)
It’s hard to figure out why Coyne thinks the ACLU’s move to crack down on freedom of speech is a surprise. All progressive organizations consider any claims for human dignity a tactical manoeuver until they are in a position to start dictating their agenda.
You may also wish to read: Darwinian evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne is getting mugged by reality Again, it would seem. All: Unplug the TV. Those people can no longer afford to be friends of truth in any meaningful sense. That includes anything to do with evolution controversies.