Riddle me this, Batman: What do you get when the “tolerant” left is (literally) crossed with a lefty organization synonymous with tolerance that is intolerant of tolerance?Why, just the latest ACLU dust-up, of course!
By now, most of the politically aware know that Ann Coulter’s Berkeley speech was canceled due to threat of violent protests. But, in a weird plot twist worthy of daytime drama, the poster child for leftist causes, the ACLU, is catching heat for defending Coulter’s free speech rights.Confuzzled?
According to The Hill:
The American Civil Liberties Union defended Ann Coulter Wednesday after the conservative pundit cancelled a speech at the University of California, Berkeley, citing security concerns.The ACLU actually performing its job clearly didn’t sit well with those protesting the event. And hypocrisy ensued, as documented by Twitchy:
@ACLU 1) It's not 2) No
— Ladies Jacket Club (@subtlerbutler) April 27, 2017
@ACLU No no no. What are you doing?— Charleston Quinzel (@CharlieQuinn89) April 27, 2017
— Todd (@toddadam) April 26, 2017
@ACLU See, you had to call it the heckler's veto and defend hate speech on campus because you know this has nothing to do with 1st Amendment
— Nicole (@non_bona_dicta) April 27, 2017
@ACLU Are you going to defend every person who loses a book deal or a speaking engagement now? Free speech doesn't mean giving a platform to it?
— kiera (@idkrlyanymore) April 26, 2017
@ACLU the quality of the speech matters. hate speech doesn't deserve defennding
— Loki Thicc (@leducviolet) April 27, 2017
@ACLU That is not free speech. Its hateful. Any discrimination is hateful. And you must call it out everyday. THIS IS NOT FREE SPEECH.
— Cloud Strife (@hsojlightfoot) April 27, 2017
@ACLU Hate speech is NOT FREE SPEECH it is a MARKETING Tool to incite violence & cause harm. It is not sharing of ideas it is recruiting to harm
— Alice Elizabeth (@AliceGlencross) April 26, 2017
@ACLU Guess I know better than to donate to the ACLU going forward.
— Keldi (@keldi) April 26, 2017
— MrFeedback (@noiserawker) April 27, 2017
Speaking of donations, it’s ironic that the pop-up on the ACLU site declares, “donate monthly to fight Trump’s attacks on people’s rights” when you log on…proving the point they pre-judge (the very definition of prejudice, right tolerance warriors?). But, back to the show:
— Nathan Grayson (@Vahn16) April 26, 2017
So Berkeley “anti-fascists,” are acting like fascists, protesting the very free-speech efforts that put them on the map, decrying “hate-speech” by hating the hater? Then, one of their own courts hate from the haters that say they hate…hate?
Feel like you are in a Taylor Swift video…on loop?
You aren’t alone.
In fact, it’s ironic that the ACLU is getting any hate at all because their “defense” of Coulter is peppered with assumptions and brands the speech-that-didn’t-happen with pejoratives:
The unacceptable threats of violence that have led to the ‘hecklers’ veto’ of Ann Coulter’s speech at Berkeley are inconsistent with free speech principles that protect us all from government overreach. Hateful speech has consequences, particularly for people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and others who have been historically marginalized. But if the government gets to decide which speech counts as hate speech, the powers that be may later feel free to censor any speech they don’t like.
For the future of our democracy, we must protect bigoted speech from government censorship. On college campuses, that means that the best way to combat hateful speech is through counter-speech, vigorous and creative protest, and debate, not threats of violence or censorship.
Naturally, this hypocritical lunacy was called out on Twitter by the clear-thinking right, but it just goes to show the left operates by two sets of rules: those they abide by, and the ones they foist upon conservatives.
It only serves to underscore that the “logic” in “liberal logic” is yet another fallacy like their “tolerance.”
[Note: This post was written by Marie Stroughter. Follow her on Twitter @MarieStroughter]