An Open Letter to the ACLU

The following is the text of a letter I just sent to the ACLU:

You website (at this address — states “It is probably no accident that freedom of speech is the first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment…”

Actually the first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment is the free exercise of religion. The elipses in your quote, which omits the religion clause, is flatly deceitful.

The sentence begins: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech….”

Is it just me, or does the ACLU rely on people’s ignorance to make its points?

Hat tip to The Smallest Minority for pointing out the descrepancy.

Clarification: where I directly quote the First Amendment at the end, I’m quoting the actual First Amendment, not the ACLU’s elipsis-edited (…) version.

Update (27 Jan 2005): They have corrected the statement on their site.

3 Responses to “An Open Letter to the ACLU”

  1. Kevin Baker Says:

    Nice to see they actually changed the site. Good job!

  2. dave Says:

    Nice job. Be sure to let us know if they, you know, actually respond to your email.

  3. Strider Says:

    The minute I receive a reply, I’ll post it. I would recommend against holding your breath in anticipation.

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