A civil liberties organization, famous for defending the seemingly indefensible, has announced it is officially "woke."
In a confidential memo published by The Wall Street Journal, ACLU staffers suggest the legal organization should weigh the "defense of speech" against the cause of "equality and justice work" it has apparently committed to.
Formed nearly 100 years ago, the ACLU is known for representing controversial clients, from card-carrying Communists to cross-burning Klansmen, with the intent of defending constitutional rights by doing so.
Elsewhere in the memo, however, the attorneys state further that a free speech case should be weighed against the potential effect "on marginalized communities" and if there are "structural and power inequalities" in the community where the free speech case originated.
"This is simply announcing their move away from civil liberty defense to becoming an ideologically-driven organization," observes attorney Abe Hamilton, a former county prosecutor who is now general counsel at the American Family Association.
Citing the memo's language about being more selective, Hamilton says the ACLU has chosen the "social justice warrior ethic" over fighting for freedom and liberty.
The guidance represents an official movement, he adds, from classical liberalism to secular progressivism.
"Classical liberalism is what the ACLU used to be: We don't agree with the speech you're making but because we are defenders of free speech, we'll fight for your right to make that speech," he says of the organization. "The idea now is, No, I won't fight for your right to speak unless I agree with what you're saying."
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