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The American Civil Liberties Union appears to be reversing course in favor of furthering a woke agenda rather than abiding by its traditional support of free speech absolutism.
That is the general assessment of author and podcaster Bret Weinstein, the former Evergreen State College professor who is a liberal, but in the classical sense. “I am increasingly alarmed to see the ACLU not only fail to live up to its mandate, but appear to act in the exact opposite direction,” he told Will Cain on Fox News “Primetime.”
The discussion centered in part on the legal organization’s decision to oppose a Loudoun County Circuit Court’s decision ordering the reinstatement of one or more teachers who are unwilling to use gender-affirming pronouns in class.
Loudoun County in the D.C. suburbs has become one the epicenters of trendy far-left indoctrination in the school system and the resulting substantial parental pushback that has occurred at school board meetings.
“The ACLU is taking the side of people that are looking to control the speech of teachers…the ACLU, who once defended the Klan’s right to say awful things, said no, this teacher shouldn’t be able to use the pronouns of his choice. We’ve lost free speech if we’ve lost the ACLU, Bret,” Cain asserted, teeing up for Weinstein, a former evolutionary biology professor.
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“Well, I think we have to be a little careful,” Weinstein cautioned, “because there is the question of the teacher’s right to speak without being compelled. We also have children in the line of fire here. But I must say I am increasingly alarmed to see the ACLU not only fail to live up to its mandate but appear to act in the exact opposite direction.
“It is now fictionalizing history as it did when it altered a Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote to make it gender-neutral. It is acting on behalf of censors as it did when it supported Amazon and its barring of Abigail Shrier’s book, and now we see them coming out in favor of compelled speech. It’s extremely alarming because the ACLU is effectively the last line of defense for these of liberties,” he added.
Cain punctuated the discussion by declaring that “now, [the ACLU] seems to be an enforcement mechanism for censorship, and we need to at least start by being honest about that. That’s who they are, now, today.”
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The segment began with a conversation about the Netflix employee walkout on Wednesday among those who were offended by Dave Chappelle’s stand-up comedy special “The Closer.”
Cain, who noted that other comedians are backing the protesters rather than a fellow artist, wondered if Netflix will eventually cave to demands to take down the show from the platform. “I’m concerned about the same thing,” Weinstein admitted.
“In this case, what we have is a small group of motivated activists trying to shut down the ability of an audience that clearly wants to hear this comedy. It wants to get in the way and pressure a corporation into removing it,” Weinstein continued.
“Fortunately for Dave Chappelle, he is big enough to endure whatever they throw at him, but most people are not, and the amount of pressure that can be exerted by these mobs is absolutely tremendous. It is actually reshaping what we can say to each other, and eventually, it will shape what we are able to think,” he predicted.
Weinstein left Evergreen College after 2017 confrontations with unruly social justice protesters that were well-documented at the time. He and his wife, Prof. Heather Heying, reached a settlement with the Olympia, Wash-based school after they sued the college for failing to provide protection from the activists.
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