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ACLU: America's friend or foe?Posted Monday, September 17, 2007, at 8:58 PM
The American Civil Liberties Union arguably causes more division among Americans than any other institution in this nation.
I agree with their involvement in overturning segregated schools, ending state bans on integrated marriages and fighting government spying.
But the ACLU's views backing child pornography if no actual child is depicted and stretching freedom of speech to back neo-Nazi demonstrations are as wrong as wrong can be.
I personally disagree with their stance that "opposition to school-sponsored prayer is a bedrock principle for the American Civil Liberties Union," as their website says. As long as prayers aren't forced on students they don't hurt a thing.
Honestly, I'm not a big fan of the ACLU. Their basic premise -- working to guarantee freedom -- is good. They've managed to carry things too far, though. Even freedom can be abused.
Let the debate beginů
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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