Whatever happened to the ACLU?
A long time ago, there were organizations that claimed to stand up to defend American values. One of those organizations was the ACLU, an organization that since its founding in 1920, claims to “defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person by the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution and laws of the United States.” Perhaps that's what its founders envisioned. But from this article by Jonathan Tobin, it's clear that the ACLU has drifted far from their stated mission.
But it’s just as telling as to what other kinds of speech the ACLU thinks is not only worthy of defense, but also laudable. When Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) tweeted an anti-Semitic trope about Jews buying Congress, her party’s leadership chastised her and forced her to apologize. But not the ACLU.
Jamil Dakwar, the head of the ACLU’s Human Rights Program, chose that moment to tweet:
“The pressure on @IlhanMN to apologize is only the tip of the iceberg. The ultimate goal is to silence her and to boot her out of Congress for her courageous positions on foreign policy issues including her support to the BDS movement. Are you with Trump or @Ilhan. #IStandWithIlhan.
This makes it crystal-clear that the ACLU isn’t opposing the anti-BDS bill on bogus free-speech grounds. It’s doing so because it is actually in favor of an anti-Semitic movement. House Democrats should take that into consideration when the ACLU and others on the left ask them to defeat the anti-BDS bill.
The ACLU has come a long way from a controversial but principled stand in favor of Nazis marching in Skokie to an unprincipled defense of BDS, anti-Semitism and hatred for Israel. Not only does it no longer deserve a reputation as a fearless defender of civil rights, the organization is unworthy of the support of any American, Jewish or non-Jewish, no matter what their political loyalties might be.
What ever the ACLU once was, today it is merely another Israel-hating organization. They're no longer interested in "individual rights and liberties," and like so many other progressive organizations pretending to fight for human rights, they've decided to fight against Jewish rights.