American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a non-profit organization that focuses on defending civil rights and liberties, such as freedom of speech, religion, and press.

762 Questions

Did the ACLU defend Rush Limbaugh?

Yes, they did. You can read the story in its entirety here: See the related link below.

Fox News, reporting the unbiased truth ever since deciding what truth should be

Do you agree with the ACLU website which says that Madison wrote Federalist Paper No 80?

No. My copy of the Federalist lists Alexander Hamilton as the author of Number 80. I believe this to be an historical fact. Of course, given the egregious way that web page misapplies Number 80, it is not surprising they got the author wrong too.

What is the purpose of a Civil Union Bill?

It would give same-sex couples recognition and relationship rights which are equal to those that are granted through a traditional marriage.

What does ACLU stand for?

American Civil Liberties Union is what it stands for.

Who are some of the people the ACLU works to protect?

They are a human rights organization and work for the people of America to have the rights that they deserve. Right now, the ACLU is working towards getting the government to release information on the planes that patrol our borders, and getting the school that cancelled prom due to a lesbian couple wanting to attend, to reinstate it.

Why some people want under god taken out of the U. S. Pledge of Allegiance?

Because of the law of separation of church and state. people may complain about it anyway because they believe its unfair to the people who believe in Allah and Buddha and other religions. But at the same time those who do wish to remove it are in accordance to the original constitution. The constitution was never based upon any religion or religious backgrounds, people are often confused by those who wrote the constitution and their religious backgrounds rather than what is said on the constitution, This is a prime factor as to why it should be removed.

15 years after the constitution was written, the bill of rights was introduced in 1791 further implementing that religion has no place in the government. When a person from another country comes to either the U.S. or Canada they should be expected to follow all laws of that country. As far as religious preferences they have the freedom to have their own religions, churches and temples.

Why was the American Civil Liberties Union formed?

The American Civil Liberties Union is broken down two separate non-profit organizations:

The ACLU foundation which focuses on litigation and communication efforts, and the American Civil Liberties Union which focuses on legislative lobbying.

Its primary mission is to defend and preserve the Bill of Rights, the amendments to the U.S Constitution that guarantee individual civil right to each of the country's citizens.

Is the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU anti-Christian?

Well, some people think so, and certainly the ACLU and "religion" have gone head-to-head in the past... but the ACLU isn't really against any one religion. It is more about trying to ensure that there is a separation between church and state (which is the law), and that no-one gets stepped on because Religion is trying to pick on them or discriminate against them. In some ways, this makes it difficult for religious people who sometimes feel picked on by the ACLU, but I don't think that they are actively anti-Christian.

Whether they are a good organization or not, I can't really tell you... but definitely not all people who belong to the ACLU are anti-Christian, and definitely they have done some good, mixed in there with some less good things... just like anyone. We do good things and bad things, and hopefully the good wins out. :)


Note to first Answer

The separation the ACLU insists on, I do not believe was never intended by the founding fathers.

What are the opening words in a US Supreme Court case?

Opening the session:

"The Honorable, the Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States."

As the Justices enter the courtroom:

"Oyez, oyez, oyez: All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the United States, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the Court is now sitting. God save the United States and this honorable Court."

Opening Oral Arguments:

Chief Justice Roberts: We'll hear argument first this morning in (for example) Case 08-1301, Carr v. United States.

Mr Rothfeld*: Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice, and may it please the Court: [argument]

*Attorney for the petitioner makes the first argument.

Will the ACLU defend Don Imus?

The ACLU has no more reason to defend Don Imus than it has to defend that beauty pagent woman, Karry Prejean. In both instances, the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is not implicated.

The idea that the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States generally guarantees freedom of speech is one of the most widely pervasive myths currently circulating. What the First Amendment does guarantee is that Congress shall pass no law abridging a person's right to free speech. In other words, the First Amendment only protectes a person's right to free speech from interference by the federal government.

Later, the guarantees provided by the First Amendment have been extended to protect a person's right to free speech from interference by a state government by operation of the Fourteenth Amendment. In other words, as it stands today, the general rule is that for the First Amendment guarantee to be implicated, some government, whether it be federal, state, or local, must act in a manner that impairs a person's right to free speech.

Don Imus got fired by his employer for saying something with which they did not agree. He was not prosecuted for having expressed his opinion, he was just fired. His First Amendment rights have not been implicated.

Karry Prejean took a public stance on an issue that affects the public without being able to discuss the issue in complete sentences. As a result, many people in various media sources have publicly criticized her for having bitten off more than she could chew. Then she was fired by the organization for which she worked. Her First Amendment rights have not been implicated.

What is the American Civil Liberties Union?

A non-profit organization that supporte the first amendment with freedom of speech.

Who was involed in the ACLU?

I am. The ACLU is a large organization dedicated to protecting civil liberties and personal rights in the US.

According to the ACLU who is their client in every case they handle?

First and foremost, the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Some people would say the American People but I would argue they represent anyone who would be affected by the dilution, alteration or denial of the rights, regardless of whether they are citizens or not. Their stance in defense of the Bill of Rights and Constitution has led many to lead a claim that the ACLU are communist, socialist or unpatriotic. Their critics contend that true Americans support the government no matter what their stance or position despite the fact that the Government is created by and derives its authority from the Constitution.

Did the ACLU sue to have the letter t removed from the alphabet?

The idea that anyone would sue to change the alphabet that we use sounds like an urban myth, since no court has the power to change the alphabet we use. The idea that the UCLA would do so sounds like a campaign of denigration. The answer is most certainly 'no'.

Are there any benefits other than satisfaction to joining the ACLU?

ANI Answer I was in seattle yesterday broke and lonely, when a girl with an A.C.L.U. badge started talking to me about what the ACLU does, we had an amazing connection and we both agreed to not talk about the ACLU. After a long an enjoyable conversation she digressed and talked about some of the neat things that come with joining the ACLU, Like talking to interesting people on the street, and getting paid to do it. In conclusion if you are in a town for a couple weeks it is an easy place to get a job and make a little bit of money. They have lenient hours and pay pretty damn well.

How many Supreme Court Justices belonged to the ACLU and who are they?

The US Supreme Court first convened in 1790, but the American Civil Liberties Union wasn't founded until 1920, 130 years later. So none of the early justices would have been members.

Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, a naturalized citizen, was one of the ACLU's founders. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an incumbent on the bench, helped create the organization's Women's Rights Project. Both justices also served as legal counsel for the ACLU.

A private organization, the ACLU neither publishes a roster nor releases the names of its members without their consent. Membership has grown from approximately 300,000 in the mid-1990s to almost 500,000 in 2009.