Making a Mark

A couple weeks ago I posted about the ACLU having edited the First Amendment. I wrote them a letter regarding their misrepresentation of the Constitution on their site.

Well what do you know! I revisited the offending page yesterday, and they’ve changed it. Their original opening read:

It is probably no accident that freedom of speech is the first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The new page reads:

It is no accident that freedom of speech is protected in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

You would think that an organization as big and as “rights oriented” as the ACLU would know the Constitution without having to have obvious errors pointed out to them.

Or you could note the elipsis in the original quote, and realize that they did know, and deliberately changed it to serve their purpose.

Either way, I imagine that my one email to them was probably not the motivation for the change — but a whole bunch of emails, including mine, just might have been. I would call that a win.

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