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  • Tolerating the Intolerant

    11/24/2015 7:15:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Robert Knight
    If, as Franklin Roosevelt said, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself," we might have to redefine "fear." To the progressive Left, "fear" means taking common-sense precautions to protect our citizens, such as the House's 289 to 137 vote on Thursday rejecting President Obama's Syrian refugee plan. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has assailed the more than 30 governors who don't want Syrian migrants placed in their states, accusing them of "fear mongering." In a press statement, the ACLU said that, "For more than 75 years, the Supreme Court has made it clear that the federal...
  • County Jail Run for Profit: Inmates = Slaves

    11/19/2015 4:46:45 PM PST · by Talkwire · 67 replies
    Civil Rights Attorney ^ | November 19, 2015 | Jaye Ryan, Attorney at Law
    Jails are NOT profit centers, and people in custody are not slaves. Privatization of jail system phones and commissary has resulted in overcharging inmates, and a lucrative revenue source for the Contra Costa County Jail. Remember our justice system is based around the presumption of innocence, "Innocent until proven Guilty". In fact, in 78% of Contra Costa County jail detainees are awaiting trial. These are people who could not make bail and are in the jail awaiting their day in court. Pre-sentence inmates are milked like revenue cows to make money for the County. The Contra Costa Jail makes $1.5Million...
  • ACLU: Missouri needs to protect students' free speech rights

    11/11/2015 5:15:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 11, 2015 4:36 PM EST | Summer Ballentine and Alan Scher Zagier
    Free speech advocates are expressing concern that instructions from University of Missouri police on how students should report "hateful and/or hurtful" speech could stifle legitimate differences of opinion. [...] The university's student conduct code prohibits harassment, which it defines as "unwelcome verbal or physical conduct" against "actual or perceived membership in a protected class ... that creates a hostile environment." The conduct code also forbids bullying, retaliation and threatening or intimidating behaviors. The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri responded with a statement calling for the university to not compromise the right to free expression in its efforts to fight...
  • Sinai Terror Attack Could Easily Have Been in Minneapolis

    11/07/2015 8:29:28 AM PST · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 7, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Before the Russian Airbus 321 was blown apart 30,000 feet over the Sinai by what a growing consensus of intelligence experts believe to be a bomb planted by a passenger or airport worker, a man who would later fight and die for the Islamic State (IS) worked at the Minneapolis airport with security clearance and access to the tarmac and aircraft. It could have happened here. It may yet. As Investor’s Business Daily reported in September, 2014: Fox affiliate KMSP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul has reported the case of Abdirahmaan Muhumed, who, before he went to Syria to fight and die...
  • ACLU: As a Matter of Science, Biologically Male Transgender is ‘A Girl Through and Through’

    11/06/2015 10:10:37 AM PST · by xzins · 105 replies
    CNS ^ | November 5, 2015 | Sam Dorman
    An American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyer representing a biologically male transgender student in Illinois says that his client should be allowed to shower in the girls’ locker room because "as a matter of science," he is “a girl through and through”. Although the Palatine-Schaumberg Township High School District 211 allows transgender students to use locker rooms of the gender they identify with, it requires them to use private shower stalls or changing areas so as not to appear naked in the company of the opposite sex. The student filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of...
  • ACLU: Documents prove FBI flew surveillance planes during Baltimore (/Ferguson) riots

    11/01/2015 3:11:32 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    WBAL ^ | 10/30/15 | Kate Amara, George Lettis
    BALTIMORE —The FBI was flying spy and surveillance planes over west Baltimore during the April riots. Two surveillance planes were spotted flying over west Baltimore during the riots, circling for days. "We've done it in Baltimore, we did it in Ferguson as well, as I recall," FBI Director James Comey told members of Congress this week. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland said Friday that it has obtained reams of documents through a Freedom of Information request from the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration that detail the flights.
  • NYPD has some scary-sounding x-ray vans and its refusing to talk about them

    The New York Police Department has equipped x-rays in some of its vans but its refusing to talk about them due to security concerns. Even though these x-ray vans reportedly cost$825,000a piece, NYPD is staying completely silent about them and their purpose. Those are issues Id prefer not to divulge to the public at this time, NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said, NYMag reports. I will not talk about anything at all about this it falls into the range of security and counter-terrorism activity that we engage in. Bratton was asked to comment on a request from the NYCLU...
  • ACLU Suit Seeks to Require Catholic Hospitals to Perform Abortions in Some Cases

    10/05/2015 6:27:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has brought a lawsuit against a Catholic health-care system based in Michigan, seeking to force the Church-run hospitals to perform abortions. The ACLU suit against Trinity Health Corporation alleges that affiliated hospitals, guided by the US bishops health-care directives, refused to perform abortions for women who had incomplete miscarriages. The suit claims that in these cases, the breaking of amniotic sac leaves the unborn child defenseless, with no realistic chance of survival, while exposing the mother to risk of complications. ACLU sues Catholic hospital chain over emergency abortions (USA Today)
  • Ethicist: The ACLU is Right to Sue Catholic Hospitals

    10/05/2015 10:24:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/05/2015 | Arthur Caplan
    The visit to the United States by Pope Francis left a lot of goodwill behind. But there are areas where that goodwill slams into a church-state wall. The views of the church are completely out of step with American law and values when it comes to health care for women. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has just announced a lawsuit against Trinity Health Corporation, one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country. The suit highlights a key area where the Catholic Church and the law of land are colliding.The lawsuit says Trinity is failing in its duties...
  • ACLU Sues Catholic Hospitals for Refusing to Give Abortions

    10/05/2015 6:08:42 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit last week against Trinity Health Corporation, one of the nations largest Catholic health care groups, for refusing to provide emergency abortions. The formal complaint is based on the health systems repeated and systematic failure to provide women suffering pregnancy complications with appropriate emergency abortions as required by federal law, according to an ACLU press release. Fox News religion correspondent Father John Morris said this is another example of religious institutions being forced to do things against their beliefs. "The ACLU wants no religious belief whatsoever to get in the way of their...
  • ACLU Sues Catholic Hospital for Refusing Abortion Services to Pregnant Women

    10/04/2015 2:17:00 PM PDT · by amorphous · 21 replies
    Rick Wiles' TruNews.Com ^ | 4 Oct 2015 | Kelly Sloan
    The American Civil Liberties Union has sued a Catholic health care provider for refusing to provide abortions. They claim Trinity Health Corporation has violated federal law by refusing to provide pregnant women suffering emergency medical conditions with abortions necessary to stabilize them. The 86 hospitals that fall under the corporation are required to abide by Directive 45 which states abortion is never permitted. In June, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell dismissed a similar ACLU lawsuit against Trinity Health. He ruled federal courts have no jurisdiction over hospital policy and that patients who believed they received inadequate care should file...
  • This Catholic healthcare group is being sued for refusing to provide abortions

    10/04/2015 10:07:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | October 4, 2015 | Maggie Maslak
    Detroit, Mich., Oct 4, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Trinity Health Corporations, one of the largest Catholic health care operations in America, is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union over its refusal to provide women with abortion services at their medical facilities.   "This case has no merit.  A federal court already dismissed a similar ACLU claim, and we will seek dismissal of this suit for the same reason," stated Eve Pidgeon, the manager of public relations at Trinity Health Corporations. Trinity Health Corporations is a multi-facility operation headquartered in Livonia, a...
  • ACLU Sues Catholic Hospitals [semi-satire]

    10/03/2015 10:51:42 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Oct 2015 | John Semmens
    Catholic hospitals refusal to perform birth control services that run counter to the Churchs beliefs came under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union this week as it launched a lawsuit aimed at compelling these institutions to comply with federal policy on this subject. Were taking a stand today to fight for pregnant women who are denied potentially life-saving care because doctors are forced to follow religious directives rather than best medical practices, Brooke Tucker, an ACLU attorney, said. That the Catholic Church considers abortion and sterilization intrinsically evil must not be allowed to grant them an exemption from abiding...
  • Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks

    01/23/2012 6:42:19 PM PST · by oldernittany · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/23/2012 | Greg Miller
    Kiriakou, 47, was a source for stories by The New York Times and other news organizations in 2008 and 2009 about some of the agencys most sensitive operations after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ......... that the information Kiriakou supplied to journalists ... enabling defense attorneys there to obtain photographs of CIA operatives suspected of being involved in harsh interrogations. Some of the pictures were subsequently discovered in the cells of high-value detainees.
  • Classified CIA Docs Found In Gitmo Prison Cells

    01/25/2012 2:09:22 PM PST · by OPS4 · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Judicalwatch ^ | 1/24/12 | Judicialwatch
    Classified U.S. government information was found in the cells of high-value detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison that houses the worlds most dangerous terrorists, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
  • Ex-Officer Is First in C.I.A. to Face Prison for a Leak

    01/05/2013 4:42:13 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 5, 2013 | By SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON Looking back, John C. Kiriakou admits he should have known better. But when the F.B.I. called him a year ago and invited him to stop by and help us with a case, he did not hesitate. Only an hour into what began as a relaxed chat with the two agents the younger one who traded Pittsburgh Steelers talk with him and the senior investigator with the droopy eye did he begin to realize just who was the target of their investigation. On Jan. 25, Mr. Kiriakou is scheduled to be sentenced to 30 months in prison...
  • Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is Meddling and Altering Marriage Licenses, ACLU Says

    09/22/2015 12:54:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | 09/22/2015 | TIM STELLOH
    Kim Davis went back to work as a Kentucky county clerk last week after a stint in jail and a pledge that she wouldn't interfere with deputies who were issuing wedding licenses to same-sex couples. But in a court motion filed Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union said that she was doing just that. After returning to her job on Sept. 14 as the Rowan County clerk, the filing said, Davis "immediately" began meddling with licenses that the office's deputy clerk, Brian Mason, was issuing. Kim Davis went back to work as a Kentucky county clerk last week after a...
  • San Francisco Man's Claim: Undercover Police Officers Beat Me "Because Im Black"

    09/09/2015 10:03:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/9 | Christie Smith
    ACLU announces civil rights complaint filed against police department A civil rights complaint filed by a 23-year-old man against the San Francisco Police Department claims he was beaten by officers simply for being black. Travis Hall says three plainclothes officers assaulted him. Wednesday, he, his lawyers and the American Civil Liberties Union went public with their accusations. That night, the officers automatically assumed I was doing something wrong because Im black, Hall said. The San Francisco man described an encounter he says he had with three undercover officers in April. Not all police do terrible things, he said, but...
  • The ACLUs Sterile View of the First Amendment

    09/01/2015 4:41:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | Robert Knight
    Tie her tubes, or well sue you for sex discrimination, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) told a Catholic-affiliated hospital in California. So after first declining to do so, Mercy Medical Center in Redding has now slated a tubal ligation for a woman after her scheduled C-section to deliver a baby in late September. The ACLUs demand is cut from the same cloth as the Obama Administrations order under Obamacare to the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their beliefs and provide contraceptives and abortifacients or pay crushing fines. That case is still in litigation. The latest manifestation of...
  • ACLU files contempt motion against Kentucky clerk [For defying SCOTUS on same-sex marriage]

    09/01/2015 9:26:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    KMBC ^ | 09/01/2015
    The ACLU of Kentucky filed a motion in federal court Tuesday asking a judge to hold county clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court for failing to comply with the Supreme Court and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In court papers, the ACLU lawyers note that following the Supreme Court's order late Monday night, the plaintiffs in their case went to the Rowan County Clerk's office at 8 a.m. Tuesday to obtain a marriage license. "Unfortunately , they were again denied by a deputy clerk who asserted that no marriage licenses would be issued," the ACLU said in a...
  • Catholic Hospital to Permit Sterilization Following Lawsuit Threat

    08/25/2015 7:16:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    A Catholic hospital in California has agreed to permit a doctor to sterilize a woman after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to file a lawsuit, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. "Rachel Miller, due to have her second child in late September, agreed with her husband that this would be her last pregnancy and decided she would be sterilized by tubal ligation after giving birth," the newspaper reported. Miller says that her insurance will not cover both childbirth and sterilization at any other hospital in a 150-mile radius. Citing the US bishops healthcare directives, Mercy Medical Center in Redding initially...
  • Officer in Kentucky sued over handcuffed kids

    08/04/2015 6:04:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    WWMT-TV ^ | 8/4/15
    The ACLU is getting involved after a sheriff's deputy in Kentucky was caught on camera handcuffing a child. Deputy: "You can do what we've asked you to, or you can suffer the consequences." Child: "Ow, that hurts." Deputy: "Now sit down in the chair like I've asked you to." The adult is School Resource Officer Kevin Sumner. You can see him placing handcuffs on the biceps of an eight-year-old boy.
  • Bobby Jindal's executive order on the Westboro Baptist Church troubles the ACLU

    07/26/2015 11:27:48 AM PDT · by BBell · 28 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/26/15 | Julia O'Donoghue, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is concerned Gov. Bobby Jindal may disregard the constitutional rights of the Westboro Baptist Church with his latest executive order. "Governor Jindal's Executive Order ... is misguided and has the potential to be used to infringe on protestors' First Amendment rights," said the ACLU in a statement Sunday morning. Jindal issued an order Saturday mostly aimed at keeping the Westboro Baptist Church -- and presumably the vulgar "God Hates Fags" signs they usually carry -- away from the funerals of two Lafayette movie theater shootings victims. "They come here to Louisiana. They try...
  • New Rule Widens Access to Birth Control Regardless of Employers Beliefs

    07/11/2015 9:29:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The ACLU ^ | July 10, 2015
    The federal government today released a new rule to ensure that women will have birth control coverage in their health insurance, even if they work for closely held for-profit companies that have a religious objection to contraception. The rule follows the Supreme Courts decision last year that Hobby Lobby and other closely held corporations could not be required to provide contraceptive coverage to their female employees, even though that coverage is guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act. Todays guidance is a positive development for women denied access to important healthcare in the troubling aftermath of the Hobby Lobby ruling, said...
  • ACLUs Wang: Media Storm Over SFs Sanctuary City Law Dangerous

    07/11/2015 4:07:13 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/11/2015 | Trent Baker
    On Saturdays Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC, director of American Civil Liberties Union Cecillia Wang reacted to the medias treatment of San Francisco, as well as other cities, for being a sanctuary city.Sanctuary cities are now under fire after Kate Steinle was shot dead on July 1, allegedly by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican felon who was in the UnitedStates illegally.
  • After 7 yrs Disney grants Sikh religious accommodation at work

    07/09/2015 4:16:11 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    Niti Central, niticentral.com ^ | July 10, 2015 | Yoshita Singh, Press Trust of India
    New York: A Sikh-American employee at the WaltDisney World in Florida, who was barred from working in viewof the guests due his religious appearance, for seven years, has achieved a significant victory, with the company agreeingto end the segregation and accommodate his religious beliefs. Gurdit Singh had been employed as a mail carrier at the popular amusement park in 2008 but was told by his Disney bosses that he would not be permitted to run mail routes visible to park guests because his religious appearance "violated" the company's 'Look Policy,' according to the rights group Sikh Coalition. In a letter...
  • ACLU Loses Lawsuit in Attempt to Force Catholic Hospital to Do Abortions

    07/07/2015 6:33:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Jul 6, 2015 | Rebecca Downs
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is certainly no stranger to clashing with the Catholic Church over its pro-life position. This is especially the case when it comes to Catholic hospitals refusing to perform abortions. A lawsuit from 2013 over such an incident has now been thrown out by a federal judge in Michigan. A piece from mlive.com reports that Tamesha Means, who miscarried in 2010, was represented by the ACLU and ACLU Michigan with her lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop and three chairs of Catholic Health Ministries. She did not, however, sue the hospital Mercy Health,...
  • Destroying Religious Freedom to Save It

    07/07/2015 9:54:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Robert Knight
    Even before the U.S. Supreme Court announced the previously unknown constitutional right to impose same-sex marriage on all 50 states, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was readying its next volley. For two decades, the ACLU has cited the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as a defense of religious liberty in various worthy and some not-so-worthy cases. No more. The ACLU has decided that the unalienable right to religious freedom embodied in the First Amendment must give way to newly coined claims by newly empowered groups. In a Washington Post column, ACLU Deputy Director Louise Melling called on Congress...
  • ACLU sued by Larry Klayman And NSA/CIA Whistleblower Dennis Montgomery For Ethical Violations

    07/02/2015 6:21:51 PM PDT · by Moseley · 11 replies
    Fairfax Free Citizen ^ | July 2, 2015 | Tim Hannigan
    Larry Klayman, former federal prosecutor for the Justice Department and the founder of Judicial Watch and now Freedom Watch, announced the filing of a lawsuit against the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and certain of its attorneys for violating their fiduciary duty and attorney client relationship, as well as defaming NSA/CIA whistleblower Dennis Montgomery. The complaint was filed in federal court in Miami, Florida (Case No. 15-cv-22452). Montgomery sought legal assistance from the ACLU with regard to his whistleblowing of the unconstitutional and illegal acts by the NSA and CIA, much like the disclosures of Edward Snowden. Montgomery possesses information...
  • Exclusive Jindal On ACLU Lawsuit Against His Religious Liberty Protections

    07/01/2015 6:29:25 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 30 Jun 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, tells Breitbart News exclusively that hes appalled by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) decision to turn against defending civil liberties. Their hypocrisy is absolutely stunning, Jindal said when asked about how the ACLUs website, and their legal argument history, is filled with defenses of religious liberty. ... Jindals interview with Breitbart News came just hours after the ACLU announced it would be suing Jindal over an executive order he issued in the state of Louisiana aimed at protecting religious freedom. The executive order, as Breitbart News reported, tried to protect...
  • American Civil Liberties Union No Longer Supports Religious Freedom Law

    06/29/2015 2:18:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Aletelia ^ | June 30, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The American Civil Liberties Union is withdrawing its support of a 1993 federal law designed to protect persons acting on their religious beliefs. In an op-ed in the Washington Post June 25, Louise Melling, the ACLU's deputy legal director, wrote that while the organization once supported the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, it is concerned now that the law can be used to trample the rights of others, particularly homosexuals: For more than 15years, we have been concerned about how the RFRA could be used to discriminate against others. As the events of the past couple of years amply illustrate,...
  • It Begins: New Calls To Strip Churches of Tax Exempt Status After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    06/29/2015 5:02:53 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 103 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/29/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    For years conservatives and proponents of religious liberty in America have warned that if same-sex marriage became legal, the left would then pursue revoking the tax exempt status for religious institutions, particularly Christian churches, around the country. Just days after the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that gay marriage is a constitutional right, progressive activists like Mark Oppenheimer of the New York Times are calling for tax exempt statutes to be stripped. The Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn't be subsidizing religion and non-profits. Rather than try to rescue...
  • ACLU: Were only interested in protecting some civil rights

    06/27/2015 3:00:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 27, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Come on. How many will truly be surprised to see the American Civil Liberties Union backpedal away from an enumerated civil right in the Constitution, now that the cognoscenti considers it a form of bigotry? I feel so old. I remember when the ACLU was a civil liberties organization. http://t.co/oe1EiYAXja— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) June 27, 2015 @Popehat @Lorienen @ACLU well now that Christians use it the ACLU can't support it— Clarence Whorley (@ClarenceWhorley) June 27, 2015 The organization that once went to court to ensure that the American Nazi Party could parade through Skokie, Illinois in an exercise of free...
  • ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal religious freedom law

    06/27/2015 9:52:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2015 | Louise Melling
    Iknoor Singh, a student at Hofstra University, thought he had found his calling when he attended a campus meeting of the U.S. Armys Reserve Officers Training Corps. But when he tried to sign up, he was told that he would have to shave his beard, cut his hair and remove his turban. When he asked for a religious accommodation as a Sikh, the Army refused, saying that these articles of faith would undermine unit cohesion and morale, readiness, health and safety, and discipline. ..................................................... Yes, religious freedom needs protection. But religious liberty doesnt mean the right to discriminate or to...
  • We Demand Transparency, Accountability of McKinney and Waco Police

    06/15/2015 8:34:33 AM PDT · by don-o · 27 replies
    ACLU ^ | June 11, 2015
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Anna Nez, ACLU of Texas, 713-942-8146, Ext. 110, media@aclutx.org [1] HOUSTON In separate written requests submitted today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas demanded two Texas police departments provide a full accounting of recent incidents involving excessive use of force in the City of McKinney and mass arrests in the City of Waco. Though unrelated, the events share a common problem: police abuse and lack of transparency and accountability. In order to maintain the trust of the communities they serve, law enforcement agencies must embrace transparency in their operations, especially when questionable incidents...
  • Bill Whitaker: Wacoans to learn plenty about bikers, ballistics and the Bill of Rights...

    06/14/2015 8:00:04 AM PDT · by don-o · 100 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | June 14, 2015 | BILL WHITAKER Opinion editor
    Four weeks after the deadly Twin Peaks shooting melee that left nine bikers dead, 177 others in jail with million-dollar bonds and way more questions than answers about biker subculture, due process in Waco and conflicting crime narratives, the two sides in all this are only hardening in their positions. In short, a microcosm of the American way. Some vigorously support local law enforcement. They say the facts that bikers came to Wacos Twin Peaks restaurant well-armed and that search warrants reveal many wore colors of motorcycle gangs associated by the FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety with criminal...
  • ACLU Sues To Allow Girl To Use Boys Bathroom, Locker Rooms At Public High School

    06/12/2015 12:20:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 12, 2015 | Eric Owens
    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal sex discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a Virginia high school student who has been prohibited from using the boys bathrooms and locker rooms on school premises. The student plaintiff, 16-year-old Gavin Grimm, attends Gloucester High School in quiet, coastal Virginia, reports the Daily Press of Newport News. The reason school officials have prevented Grimm from using facilities reserved for boys on campus is because Grimm was born a girl and by all accounts remains a girl. Nevertheless, Grimm, her family and the ACLU want a court order forcing the local school...
  • ACLU: Squalid Conditions at Troubled Baltimore Jail

    06/02/2015 3:04:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 2, 2015 | By JULIET LINDERMAN and BRIAN WITTE
    Moldy showers and cells are infested with mice and cockroaches, toilets are broken for days and medical care is poor or nonexistent at a notoriously troubled Baltimore city jail, the ACLU and Public Justice Center said in court documents filed Tuesday. The groups want a federal judge to reopen a lawsuit against the state of Maryland over what they say are conditions so substandard it brings "shame to this city." Inmates suffering from serious illnesses such as HIV and diabetes are being denied life-sustaining prescription medication and the state has failed to cure well-documented systemic problems within the jail after...
  • Another Arizona immigration law dismantled by the courts

    06/01/2015 1:25:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 1, 2015 4:03 PM EDT | Jacques Billeaud
    The U.S. Supreme Court landed the final blow against an Arizona law that denied bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and are charged with certain felonies, marking the latest in a series of state immigration policies that have since been thrown out by the courts. The nations highest court on Monday rejected a bid from metro Phoenixs top prosecutor and sheriff to reinstate the 2006 law after a lower appeals court concluded late last year that it violated civil rights by imposing punishment before trial. While a small number of Arizonas immigration laws have been upheld, the...
  • ACLU sues MI over transgender drivers licenses

    05/21/2015 2:48:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    WOODTV - NBC Local ^ | May 21, 2015 | By ED WHITE
    DETROIT The state of Michigan is being sued over its refusal to change gender identities on drivers licenses without a new birth certificate. The ACLU says an amended birth certificate in Michigan requires proof of transgender surgery, although most transgender people dont want surgery. Secretary of State spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau says the agency is following state law.
  • Im a florist, but I refused to do flowers for my gay friends wedding

    05/12/2015 1:05:51 PM PDT · by NRx · 31 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-12-2015 | Barronelle Stutzman
    Ive been a florist in Richmond, Wash., for more than 30 years. In that time, Ive developed close relationships with many of my clients. One of my favorites was Rob Ingersoll. Ingersoll came in often and wed talk. Like me, he had an artistic eye. Id try to create really special arrangements for him. I knew he was gay, but it didnt matter I enjoyed his company and his creativity. Then he asked me to create the floral arrangements for his wedding. I love Rob, and Id always been happy to design for his special days. But theres something...
  • ACLU of Idaho Warns Schools of Discriminatory Dress Codes

    05/12/2015 2:47:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 12, 2015
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho is warning that a south-central Idaho school district's dress code is unconstitutional and must be changed. The Cassia County School District is requiring all female students participating in the high school graduation to wear white or pastel dresses. Male graduating students must wear pants and a tie. ACLU Legal Director Richard Eppink says schools that make a distinction between boy and girl dress codes are enforcing gender-stereotyping policies, which violate the state and U.S. Constitution.
  • After riot, school advocates want more money from Hogan, Rawlings-Blake

    05/11/2015 2:35:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 11, 2015 | By Luke Broadwater and Erin Cox
    Education advocates on Monday called on Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to increase funding for the city's schools, arguing the recent rioting in Baltimore shows the money is desperately needed. Without the funds, city schools will be forced to cut teachers, critical programs and student services, the advocates said. "Baltimore is not getting sufficient education funding to provide for all of our children's needs," said Bebe Verdery, education reform director at the ACLU of Maryland. The coalition includes the city's parent-teacher association and the city's charter schools organization, among other groups.
  • Black Spring: The ACLU Joins the Lynch Mob

    05/07/2015 6:38:38 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Matthew Vadum
    The Marxist-founded pressure group gears up to bring the Arab Spring to Baltimore and the rest of America Cooling down the churning cauldron of mob violence that Baltimore has become is not on the agenda of the ACLU which is now preparing to turn up the heat in cities across America. Following the suspicious death in police custody of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man with a long rap sheet, angry mobs and radical agitators have turned Marylands largest city into a Hobbesian jungle. They were already angry at the endlessly sensationalized deaths in recent years of black males...
  • ACLU Launches "Mobile Justice" Recording App to Film Police

    04/30/2015 9:18:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC ^ | 4/30 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The Mobile Justice app is unique in the sense that it will allow videos captured by the app to be preserved in the case police seize or destroy the device.The ACLU of Northern California launched a free cell phone recording app Thursday which would allow people to record and send videos to their local ACLU affiliates when they feel their rights are being violated by police. The app comes as protests decrying police violence are taking over the country, most recently for the controversial death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died after suffering a spinal cord injury...
  • ACLU Insists Catholic Groups Should Fund Illegals' Abortions

    04/23/2015 4:15:10 PM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 23 April 2015 | Raven Clabough
    The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the federal government in an effort to force religious organizations to provide abortions and contraception to illegal immigrants. Fox News reports that the lawsuit seeks to obtain government records regarding the reproductive healthcare policies for illegal immigrant children that are currently in the care of federally funded Catholic groups. Depending on the content of those documents, the ACLU said it could take further legal action. We have heard reports that Catholic bishops are prohibiting Catholic charities from allowing teens in their care to access critical services like contraception and abortion even if...
  • Congress Just Launched Its First Strike Against Women and LGBT People Under the Guise of Defending

    04/22/2015 5:00:47 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 23 replies
    aclu.org ^ | April 22, 2015 | Georgeanne M. Usova
    The U.S. House of Representatives is working hard to legitimize discrimination against gay and transgender people and women. And it's using religious liberty as its smokescreen. That's why leaders in movements for LGBT equality, reproductive freedom, and freedom of religion and belief are standing shoulder-to-shoulder in a new effort to oppose any move, at the state or federal level, to use religion to discriminate, including a measure approved by a House committee last night. A committee of the US House of Representatives decided that employees in the District of Columbia could be fired for using in vitro fertilization to start...
  • Woman strip-searched after Frontier Airlines flight settles lawsuit [LOL - Backwards title!!]

    04/21/2015 4:24:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 21, 2015
    A woman of Arab and Jewish descent who was strip-searched at a Detroit-area airport has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed on her behalf, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday The federal government will give Shoshana Hebshi $40,000 as compensation for being humiliated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks after armed agents forced her from a plane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, made her undress during a search and held her for hours. American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.
  • ACLU to Catholics: Give Abortions to Immigrant Children

    04/14/2015 2:49:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Robert Knight
    In its latest attack on religious liberty, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wants to force Roman Catholic organizations to provide contraception and abortions to unaccompanied immigrant children pouring over Americas southern border. The ACLU is suing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to obtain documents that it claims show that Catholic relief agencies are not providing abortions or referrals for abortion. Its part of a national strategy to force faith-based facilities to perform abortions or face ruinous litigation and the loss of government contracts, and it comes despite the Supreme Courts ruling last June against the ham-handed...
  • Battering religious freedom with abortion - ACLU mounts another attack on Catholic pro-life stance

    04/12/2015 8:05:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2015-04-12 | Robert Knight
    In its latest attack on religious liberty, the American Civil Liberties Union, wants to force Roman Catholic organizations to provide contraception and abortions to unaccompanied immigrant children pouring over Americas southern border.The ACLU is suing the Department of Health and Human Services to obtain documents that it claims show that Catholic relief agencies are not providing abortions or referrals for abortion.