The Worldnutdaily’s Jerome Corsi has a new book out about the ACLU. I’m sure it will have all the accuracy he has displayed with the Swift Boat Vets and with his birther crusade to prove that Obama is really a Kenyan Muslim who was in a gay marriage (before there was such a thing). Judging from the WND’s promotion of the book, it’s the same rehashed bullshit we’ve seen for nearly a century now:
“The book exposes the roots of ACLU in the 1920s among socialists and communists who were opposing World War I,” Corsi told WND. “It’s founder, Roger Baldwin, was a draft resister in 1917 who went to prison. Among the early board members were outright communists, including William Foster, who was at one time the general secretary of the Communist Party USA and wrote the book ‘Toward Soviet America.’
*yawn* Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard this for decades. As always, the wingnuts leave out a few inconvenient facts. Like the fact that Baldwin, like many socialists at the time, reacted in horror to the abuse of Stalin and abandoned communism. Baldwin, in fact, purged the ACLU of communists and wrote a book called The New Slavery, which detailed communist abuse around the world. He was then taken by Douglas MacArther to Japan to write their new constitution after WW2. Clearly a commie menace.
“The initial impulse of the ACLU was to fight for a definition of civil liberties that lined up with atheist, communist ideals,” Corsi continued. “Primary among the objectives was to eliminate God. [Communist philosopher Karl] Marx’s idea was that religion was the ‘opiate of the people,’ so the idea of God had to be broken down to establish the basis for communism, namely scientific materialism, which clashed with the religious conviction of America’s Founding Fathers, who believed our rights were inalienable, granted by God, and chief among those was freedom of religion.”
Thus, rather than defending the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights, as many today believe the ACLU does, the group’s goal has been from the beginning to destroy the very basis for those rights, which, as the Declaration of Independence explains, are “endowed by our Creator.”
Which explains why they have defended hundreds of Christians over the years when their religious freedom was restricted. They have, for decades, repeatedly defended street preachers whose right to preach was denied. They supported Jerry Falwell twice in suits against the state of Virginia that prevented him from buying property for his church. They’ve defended students who were not allowed to hand out religious literature to their classmates.
WND claims that this book leaves the ACLU “exposed at last” and promises “revelations” about the group, but this is all just a tired rehash of the same old lies the right tells itself all the time.
The punchline to all of this is that on the very same day that the Worldnutdaily published this article, they also published this one:
It’s actually a link to a CNET article about the IRS claiming the power to read your emails without a warrant. And who is that revealed that and is taking the IRS to court over it? The ACLU. Clearly part of their communist agenda.