A silly e-mail is circulating again, as it has this time of year since 2005, encouraging recipients to engage in a pointless and ignorant protest against the American Civil Liberties Union.
Want to have some fun this CHRISTMAS? Send the ACLU a CHRISTMAS CARD this year.
As they are working so very hard to get rid of the CHRISTMAS part of this holiday, we should all send them a nice, CHRISTIAN card to brighten up their dark, sad, little world..
Make sure it says “Merry Christmas” on it.
Here’s the address, just don’t be rude or crude. (It’s not the Christian way, you know.)
125 Broad Street
New York , NY 10004
Two tons of Christmas cards would freeze their operations because they wouldn’t know if any were regular mail containing contributions. So spend 44 cents and tell the ACLU to leave Christmas alone. Also tell them that there is no such thing as a ” Holiday Tree”. . . It’s always been called a CHRISTMAS TREE!
And pass this on to your email lists. We really want to communicate with the ACLU! They really DESERVE us!!
For those of you who aren’t aware of them, the ACLU, (the American Civil Liberties Union) is the one suing the U.S. Government to take God, Christmas or anything Christian away from us. They represent the atheists and others in this war.
Help put Christ back in Christmas!
Here is what is wrong with this “protest”:
- It is a waste of time and money for everyone. The ACLU isn’t going to be stopped or frozen by a flood of Christmas cards. At worst it might be annoyed.
- The protest is based on inexcusable ignorance of the role of the ACLU. The organization isn’t “trying hard” to do anything other than to provide support and representation for unpopular or minority positions and opinions, and to make sure that the Constitutional safeguards against government infringement of First Amendment rights are rare, ineffective, and repudiated by the courts. The organization’s “client” is the Bill of Rights, not any political group or point of view. Do the people who send these emails really think that the ACLU defended the right of the American Nazi Party to march in Skokie, Illinois because it likes Nazis? It was properly defending the right of any political group, even loathsome ones, to hold peaceful demonstrations.
- The ACLU is emphatically not “suing the U.S. Government to take God, Christmas or anything Christian” away from anybody. The ACLU’s logical and defensible position is that when a government entity sanctions the religious aspects of Christmas (manger scenes in the town square, singing “Joy to the World” in public school assemblies), it is putting its seal of approval on one religion over the others, and thus is violating the Constitution’s prohibition against the government establishing a religion. Yes, some foolish towns and schools have misused the ACLU position to issue ridiculous prohibitions on kids singing “Frosty the Snowman” or making tree ornaments. That is only because these people are ignorant too, and frightened of lawsuits from the kind of professional trouble-makers who complain that their children are “oppressed” by having to listen to “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” You can’t blame the ACLU for that.
- Even if this campaign wasn’t based on a failure to read, think, and learn something about American values, it would be an unethical exercise. It is not aimed at enlightening and teaching, changing opinions or laws. Its sole purpose is revenge and punishment–punishing hard-working, under-paid advocates of basic American rights because their courageous mission requires them to defend unpopular positions. Attacking such dedicated and patriotic Americans is not fair, responsible, respectful or good citizenship.
The senders of these e-mail appeals would be grateful for the ACLU if their children went to a public school that suddenly decided to celebrate only Islamic holidays, because then the organization would be fighting on their side. Standing up for constitutionally protected speech and other freedoms when doing so steps on the majority’s sesitve toes is a tough job, but an essential one. Yes, I wish the organization would be more aggressive about getting involved in certain issues, such as political correctness on the Left, but that just means it isn’t perfect. The ACLU is still essential, and does a difficult job well.
It doesn’t “deserve” harassing Christmas cards. It deserves thank-you cards from every Americans, for helping to keep us free.