Any thinking person would wonder why the hell the ACLU is still tax exempt. These people put their noses in so many politically based arguments that they simply cannot possibly warrant the tax exempt status they enjoy. The ACLU almost always supports a left leaning stance on an issue unless they are shamed into supporting a cause of someone who may be a little more Conservative whose rights have actually been violated.
What makes this any different than a Democrat politician (or a Republican politician for that matter if the roles were reversed)?
Jay at Stop The ACLU has a great piece today on why the ACLU should lose it's tax exempt status.
The ACLU has consistently abused its tax exempt status by claiming to be non-partisan. However, a simple glimpse at the ACLU’s record shows many examples of how this is untrue. While the ACLU has proudly made abortion its number one priority it has not only ignored the free speech of abortion protesters but actively fought to silence them.
Throughout its history the ACLU has revealed its partisanship. It opposed the Viet Nam War. It demanded unilateral nuclear disarmament. It called for disinvestment in South Africa. It violated its own policy in order to stymie the nomination of William Rehnquist to the Supreme Court. During the eight years of the Reagan Administration, it blasted the President with one invective after another much as it does today with President Bush. It led the fight to defeat the confirmation of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court and more recently the confirmation of Samuel Alito. It frequently writes speeches for candidates that it likes. It lobbies its cause to Congress. Did you know that it has divided itself into two groups? The ACLU and the ACLU Foundation. This allows them to work the courts with one hand while being paid by taxpayer funding when the win, and lobby to Congress with the other. It even issues scorecards on Senators and Representatives evaluating their performance according to the ACLU’s own ideological measuring stick.
I'd like to add their opposition to Hazleton, PA and other cities who wish to actually enforce the law on illegal aliens and that they actually sent ACLU observers to monitor the Minuteman Project. So you can add "subverting established laws in favor of foreign invaders" to the list of political moves by the ACLU. Isn't it supposed to be the American Civil Liberties Union? Or were they actually worried that Americans would have their rights violated by foreign invaders along the border? Umm no.
A must read and there's much more, so read the rest
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Checked, and ACLU is not a "normal" tax exempt org. (Such as Boy Scouts, United Way, etc.). They have a foundation that doesn't try to influence legislation. The ACLU organization is structured like a Chamber of Commerce which is why the get away with "legislating."
Posted by: Mike R on December 19, 2006 11:18 AM
The ACLU is not endorsing political candidates. They, though the tax status is a bit different, have the same ability as a church for example to urge support or opposition to a bill or issue. This is not partisan, unless one would state that whenever a church does so, that is partisan.
Posted by: Jerome on April 14, 2010 04:19 PM
A church is not a place to set policy or make a plan of attack against anyone or anything, it is the house of God and should be treated as such. Worship is the goal in a church, I do not see this with the ACLU. What I see is a group of left wing lawyers that want to tell me what I should and should not like. A chamber of Commerce is there to promote business, like stores, gas stations, doctors offices. the ACLU does nothing but support themselfs. they don't support the person running, only what he is for. I will be the first to tell you I know of churches used for politics, and have always held this in low esteem
Posted by: Mike on June 29, 2011 03:37 PM