Monday, June 19, 2006

ACLU To Gag Members?

From the New York Times (a couple of weeks ago):
The American Civil Liberties Union is weighing new standards that would discourage its board members from publicly criticizing the organization's policies and internal administration.

"Where an individual director disagrees with a board position on matters of civil liberties policy, the director should refrain from publicly highlighting the fact of such disagreement," the committee that compiled the standards wrote in its proposals.

"Directors should remember that there is always a material prospect that public airing of the disagreement will affect the A.C.L.U. adversely in terms of public support and fund-raising," the proposals state.

If I may be allowed to end a sentence with a proposition, you just can’t make stuff like this up. “If you don’t support free speech, then shut the heck up.” I love it.