The ACLU: Not Just For Homosexual Terrorist Muslims Anymore

Two interesting cases.

First, from right here in Louisiana, the ultimate “I disagree with what you have to say but will defend your right to say it” case:

Lawyers for the ACLU’s Louisiana chapter signed up this week to represent Johnny Duncan in the case he filed last year in U.S. District Court against the city of Amite, its police department and several city officials and police officers.

Duncan said he was parked outside a restaurant in Amite, about 75 miles north of New Orleans, in August 2007 when police officers confronted him about a sign on his car advertising a book he wrote called “You Might Be a N—–.” The officers cited him for violating the state’s obscenity law, but the ticket was later dismissed.

The ACLU, which describes Duncan’s book as a political and social commentary, said the title may be offensive but isn’t obscene.

“The facts of this case show that Mr. Duncan was detained for no reason other than that the police in Amite didn’t like what he had to say,” ACLU of Louisiana Executive Director Marjorie Esman said in a statement.

Good for them. I hope they win. It is every American’s right to offend every other American.

The second case is from Minnesota. It caught my eye because the ACLU recently successfully challenged our own state’s practice of giving money to Christian Churches.

The ACLU lawsuit against the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy claims the charter school runs roughshod over the line that separates church and state.

TiZA, as the school is known, serves mostly immigrant children, many of them from Muslim countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. And it makes no apologies for catering to Muslims.

Arabic language classes are offered and school leaders note how important parents find it to have time set aside for Muslim prayer – and that time is optional.

But the ACLU claims that lost classroom time is never made up. The federal lawsuit also questions the relationship between the academy and its charter school sponsor, California-based Islamic Relief USA.

It claims a prayer is illegally posted at the school’s entrance and it questions the school’s dress code, which prohibits girls from wearing short sleeves per Muslim clothing rules. And the suit notes that school buses don’t pick up kids until an hour after class ends, with the gap being filled with a Muslim studies program that most kids are enrolled in.

“This is in many respects – almost all respects – a religious school, like a private religious school, except for one key thing: There’s state money going in there,” according to Chuck Samuelson, the ACLU’s executive director.

There would be no lawsuit if TiZA were private, he says. But TiZA gets tax money, $3.8 million this year, which changes the ballgame.

“If they want to be a private school, then that’s fine. But then they have to give up state money and if they want the state money, then they have to behave as a public school does.”

That last quote sounds simple enough. It’s a shame that after lawsuit after lawsuit after lawsuit, such an amazing number of public officials don’t understand it. The government has no business funding religious teachings of any kind. Good luck to the ACLU in this lawsuit.

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