Why is the American Civil Liberties Union a wing of the democratic party? I’m Canadian, so I don’t really get it. They don’t support gun rights, which is a pretty big civil liberty issue.
Their interpretation says they have a collective right to bear arms, as opposed to an individual right to bear arms, which I don’t get, does that mean on the street we all can go to someone’s house and use their gun? Why would the ACLU argue in favor of a more narrow interpretation of the second amendment? Isn’t the goal to maximize civil liberties? Why would an organization founded to protect civil liberties argue for a more narrow interpretation of civil liberties?
If you’re saying only Militia members, at the time of the founders that was every able bodied white man, from the age of 16-45~. Are the ACLU arguing in favour of taking guns from all women and minorities and only leaving them to white guys?
And then there was the ACLU stating that contraceptive mandates in the Affordable Care Act didn’t violate religious freedoms, which I don’t get at all. If they were suing someone who got fired for getting an abortion, that would totally be a civil liberty case. Telling an employer they have to pay for an employee to do something they find reprehensible seems like the opposite of a civil liberty.
Finally, they argue and make lawsuits in favor of affirmative action, which may or may not be a good thing, but I don’t see how it is a civil liberty.
P.S. I hoped I stacked enough stuff to anger people, as this is the first Flamewars thread on the new forums, and it should “start a fight, argue in bad faith”, and most of all “be an insufferable pedant”