The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is not a typical friend of the political Right, but its recent defense of the freedom of speech for all Americans, after the Charlottesville tragedy, apparently riled up an attorney who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times.
Why was this attorney upset? The ACLU issued a statement that defended all political speech as free speech, when the attorney felt that “right-wing” speech is not worth defending:
The danger that communities face because of their speech isn’t equal. The A.C.L.U.’s decision to offer legal support to a right-wing cause, then a left-wing cause, won’t make it so. Rather, it perpetuates a misguided theory that all radical views are equal. And it fuels right-wing free-speech hypocrisy. Perhaps most painful, it also redistributes some of the substantial funds the organization has received to fight white supremacy toward defending that cause.