Thursday, May 25, 2006

ACLU Board Members Bid to Stifle Free Speech by ACLU Board Members

No, that's not an exaggeration or a joke. The New York Times reports:

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. ...

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

Nat Hentoff, a writer and former A.C.L.U. board member, was incredulous. "You sure that didn't come out of Dick Cheney's office?" he asked.

"For the national board to consider promulgating a gag order on its members — I can't think of anything more contrary to the reason the A.C.L.U. exists," Mr. Hentoff added. [Full story]
You have to read several paragraphs down in the story to find out why the group's suddenly interested in silencing its own board: Some members spoke out against the ACLU's support of Rep. Carolyn Maloney's bill to censor advertising by crisis pregnancy centers.

In other words, the ACLU proves once again that it believes in free speech for all — except for those who go against the organization's pro-abortion party line.

LifeNews has more on the story.