ACLU Hearts Freedom…Sometimes

by Unicorn Jones | May 13, 2011 11:36 am

It’s always fun to pick on the ACLU. I mean, let’s just look at a few of it’s greatest hits from the past week and half, shall we?

In the United States, we have this little thing called the Constitution. It has this little thing called the Bill of Rights. Contained within the Bill of Rights is the Freedom to Exercise Religion, and the last time I checked, it was still applicable to pretty much everyone. Sure, there are lots of liberals who’ve made it their life’s work to read “between the lines” seeking out “penumbras” and “emanations” that fit pretty much every ridiculous behavior they can think of, helping to redefine those behaviors as “rights,” even though, I’m pretty sure that word doesn’t mean what I think they think it means. Common sense would totally tell you that if a right is explicit in the Bill of Rights that it totes trumps a right that’s not, right?

Well, not if you’re a card-carrying lawyer for the ACLU[5] – the only people in America who are pretty sure that the rights spelled out in the Constitution only apply when they tell them to.

The American Civil Liberties Union and its “pro-choice” allies want to force all hospitals in the country to perform abortions.:  They are claiming that a bill being debated in the U.S. House this week should be defeated or amended simply because it shores up existing federal conscience protections.

HR 3 would codify a federal law that has existed temporarily for many years.:  It prohibits government entities from discriminating against health providers because they object to abortion.:  Abortion advocates are outrageously claiming that an “emergency exception” provision is needed to require maternity health providers to perform abortions that are supposedly medically necessary.

Such assertions are nothing more than an attempt to compel people to cooperate in all abortions.:  In effect, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wants to force women to have their babies delivered by abortionists by forcing all pro-life health providers out of the medical field.

This is what I’m talking about: the ACLU is attempting to pit the explicit right to Free Exercise of Religion against the “implicit” right of every woman to have an abortion whenever, wherever. Catholic doctors, and by extension, Catholic hospitals, are required by the diocese to comply with Catholic beliefs, which include, shockingly (at least to the ACLU) the idea that life begins at conception and abortion is the killing of an innocent human being. They simply won’t do abortions, because they won’t be complicit in that killing. For Catholics, that’s a core concept in their belief system, and, one would assume, given the Free Exercise of Religion being such a central tenet in the First Amendment, that it would be clear they wouldn’t have to. But that’s not what the ACLU believes. Clearly, according to the ACLU, every hospital in the country should be forced to forgo their beliefs, go against their consciences and perform abortions, because – and this is key – anything less would be infringing on other people’s rights.

Now, sure, this is par for the course for the ACLU. Everyone knows they hate this sort of stuff and will go out of their way to make sure people aren’t free to practice any tenet of their religion that will come into conflict with their liberal beliefs. Clearly. They never stick up for the right to practice religion.

Right?

Wrong[6].

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) last night filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit urging the court to uphold a ruling that blocked implementation of a discriminatory and unnecessary Oklahoma state constitutional amendment that prohibits courts from applying – or even considering – what is broadly described as Islamic “Sharia law” and “international law.”

The measure, officially titled the “Save Our State Amendment,” was temporarily enjoined last year by a lower court for blatantly disfavoring an entire faith and denying Oklahoma’s Muslims access to the judicial system on the same terms as every other citizen. The ACLU and CAIR are seeking to have the amendment permanently struck down.

“This amendment is nothing more than a blatant attempt to subvert the Constitution by enshrining anti-Muslim bigotry into state law,” said Daniel Mach, Director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief. “The idea that followers of an entire faith should be treated like second-class citizens is ugly, discriminatory and profoundly un-American.”

So maybe the solution here is for all of the Catholic hospitals to become Muslim. THEN, any attack on them would be considered discriminatory and un-American. The ACLU would have to sue itself. Their heads would explode.

Endnotes:
  1. the ACLU is on your side: http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/2011/05/lawsuit-filed-against-ill-transgender-policy
  2. fighting for your kid’s right to wear a bracelet that says “boobies” to school: http://coloradospringsrelocation.org/local-news/aclu-pushes-to-allow-boobies-bracelet-in-colo/
  3. totally saved a bunch of lives last year: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr020111.html
  4. totally sue the pants off you: http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wamc/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1794399/WAMC.New.England.News/Traffic.Enforcement.Cameras.Pursued
  5. not if you’re a card-carrying lawyer for the ACLU: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=43307
  6. Wrong: http://weaselzippers.us/2011/05/10/aclu-and-cair-file-brief-with-federal-appeals-court-to-uphold-ruling-blocking-oklahoma-sharia-ban/

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