EDITOR’S NOTE: This post contains profanity.
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) The American Civil Liberties Union is staying true to its principles by defending white nationalists’ First Amendment rights, and progressives are horrified.
White nationalist Jason Kessler planned to host his “Unite the Right” rally on August 12 at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones halted the event when he announced on August 7 that the event could only be held at McIntire Park, NBC29 reported.
Kessler said he wants the event at Emancipation Park to honor a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. He has refused to move the event and plans to battle Charlottesville in court if his right to peaceably assemble is denied.
The ACLU and the Rutherford Institute released a joint letter demanding First Amendment protections.
“As organizations committed to protecting constitutional and civil rights, we demand that the city withdraw its letter to Jason Kessler of August 7, 2017, revoking and otherwise rescinding the permit for a demonstration in Emancipation Park on August 12, 2017, and provide assurances that the city will allow the ‘Unite the Right’ demonstration as previously planned and approved by operation of law.”
The ACLU took flak from the Left on Twitter for defending Kessler’s rights, with many asking for the return of their past contributions to the organization:
— /pol/ News Forever (@polNewsForever) August 10, 2017
Some people on Twitter viewed this as hypocrisy on the part of the former ACLU supporters.
Derp. I donated to an outfit with “civil liberties” in its name without realizing they defend the civil liberties of ALL Americans.
— #BoycottGoogle 🇺🇸 (@MilesHardingEsq) August 10, 2017
Imagine my shock to hear the Left is only in favor of the ACLU when it pushes their Leftist agenda.
— HoneyMoonInBaghdad (@HMIBBook) August 10, 2017
The ACLU and the Rutherford Institute said they would file a lawsuit against Charlottesville if they do not allow the event to be held at Emancipation Park.Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2017 Liberty Headlines