Originally posted by NaplesX
We cannot have absolute freedom to do or say what we please.
Correct. We cannot through our speech libel someone, slander someone or put them in the immediate danger of harm. Note the word "immediate." However, everyone has every right to gather and speak out in order to overturn laws they don't like including age of sexual consent laws.
I ask again: You say NAMBLA is a criminal organization because they want to overturn the age of consent laws. Does that mean that the gay groups who sued about and protested the anti-gay sodomy laws were criminal organizations?
What about the black groups that marched to overturn the Jim Crow laws?
What about those who worked to overturn prohibition?
What about those who lobbied Congress to raise the federal speed limit?
Nambla is a criminal organization, promoting criminal behavior.
No, NAMBLA is a rather disgusting organization that is attempting to have certain kinds of behavior no longer classified as criminal. I don't agree with their aims, but I support their right to seek change in the law.
I don't care about their rights to speech.
Why do you hate America?
i care about protecting innocent children from their criminal behavior.
The rights enshrined in the Constitution are more important than any child or children. They're even more important than any human life.
Why do they need the ACLU there to legitimize them.
Despite your poor punctuation I'll assume this is a question. The matter is a civil rights one, particularly the First Amendment rights to speech and assembly. Those must be protected, no matter how unpopular the speech or group, be it NAMBLA, the KKK, the Nazis, Fred Phelps or Pat Buchanan. Everyone has a right to speak. Everyone has a right to encourage political change. Everyone has a right to meet and gather with like minded individuals.
Even if their goal is something disgusting, like changing the age of consent.