Originally posted by DMBand0026
The ACLU, whether anyone here likes it or not, is a politically charged organization.
It's an organization committed to the defense of civil liberties guaranteed by the US Constitution. Of course it's "politically charged."
The ACLU more often than not does what they do for political reasons, not always for civil liberties.
Civil liberties ARE politics. In America, discussion of "civil liberties" is THE BASIS of all political discussion, really. What do you think people are always arguing about if it's not the proper relationship between the individual and the state?
I'm all for civil liberties, but the ACLU has gone beyond fighting for them and has turned itself into an organization of politics, and now I guess "Jesus-hating child rapists."
I'm all for freedom of the press, but I just don't like all that pornography and sin I see in Reader's Digest and at Disneyworld. Those publishers should have to go through an elaborate system of screeners before anything is allowed to make its way to the public. And I should be in control of those screeners. And anything that takes power away from me will not be tolerated.
Look. You either support freedom of the press and religion, or you don't. This means that, sometimes, you're going to have to support the rights of people whose ideas you despise. I suggest you go and read some Andrew Hamilton.
I don't carry this extreme view of the ACLU, but they need to take it down a notch and get their agenda straight before fighting anymore. The politics have to go.
This kind of thinking would undo everything that makes America America. It is also ironic that you use a political statement to decry politics having influence in, well, politics.
Not to go all Humbert Humbert on this discussion, but can anyone confirm for me what the legal age of homosexual consent is? Is it 18? Does it vary from state to state?