ACLU silent on McInnes free speech lawsuit, Twitter file

The 1978 Skokie battle for free speech remains a defining moment in American life.

A group of neo-Nazis, with the support of the ACLU, planned to march to the same Chicago suburb that many Holocaust survivors call home.

The outraged event (which eventually turned into a protest held in downtown Chicago) became national news, creating a 1981 TV series starring Danny Kaye and confirm ACLU’s stance on free speech.

The case’s notoriety led to the resignation of some ACLU members, but to many others, the case demonstrated the ACLU’s unwavering commitment to principle.

It’s easy to defend speech that we accept. Defending blind views, even those associated with the greatest horrors of the 20th century? That’s another matter, but it’s in the First Amendment.

How times have changed.

The American Civil Liberties Union is often silent in the modern free speech struggle. Get comedian Gavin McInnes’ beef with Rutherford, New Jersey.


The widely canceled McInnes, who formed the Proud Boys in 2016 but left the group two years later, is suing the city after canceling a November comedy gig scheduled at Williams Center.

The lawsuit claims that the county violated McInnes’ First Amendment rights… McInnes, the co-founder of Vice magazine, is accusing the Police Department of canceling the show, an action that was later revealed. chief and the board “approved,” according to the suit.

The town’s police chief admitted to calling for the event to be canceled due to possible violence. McInnes’ conservative stance angered groups like Antifa, which purportedly opposed fascism but often use violence against those who do not share its radical leftist views.

Hollywood in Toto has reached out to the ACLU for comment on McInnes’ lawsuit, which appears to be close to the organization’s decades-long fight for freedom of expression.

No reply.

It is clear that the ACLU has more urgent matters to discuss.

A quick look at the ACLU’s “news” banner reveals a wide range of extreme causes, from racial justice to so-called “gender-affirming care” for transgender youth. The group advocates for policies like open borders, admitting transgender women to existing women’s sports, and many other causes that are seen as progressive in our modern language.

What does its news site lack other than the McInnes lawsuit? Twitter files.


A look through the organization’s Twitter feed for the past two weeks also found no mention of Twitter Files.

The ongoing series, sparked by journalists given access to material produced under the platform’s old censorship, demonstrates the shocking censorship that has plagued Twitter for years.

Scientists have been silent because they share views that contradict existing pandemic rules and are often questionable. Government agencies have forced the Twitter Group to block information they consider problematic for their talk points.

Voices lean to the right darkness is forbidden or canceled for sharing far-right views.

And the biggest news story of the 2020 presidential campaign, the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, is buried at orders of government forces against President Donald Trump.

Alas, Twitter Files are not name-checked on the ACLU news site. Searching on Google for “Twitter ACLU Files” is also fruitless.


The group supported the decision of new Twitter owner Elon Musk allow President Donald Trump to return to the platform after more than a year of suspension under the old regime.

This reporter previously contacted the ACLU’s press team about a private free speech issue and also received no response.

Even the New York Times notice the group’s course adjustment through a 2021 investigation.

An organization that defended Nazi First Amendment rights and the Ku Klux Klan is divided by an internal debate over whether supporting progressive causes is more important.

The answer is becoming clearer every day.

Ironically, the ACLU exaggerates its role in the Skokie issue through its Web site. In 40 years, the organization may look back on this moment and wonder why it was silent when it mattered most.


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