Director of the Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation at the Goldwater Institute
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
"I can understand the unions’ tenacious opposition to school choice. Their entire purpose is to represent their members’ economic interests... What troubles me is opposition from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union. I understand their opposition to tax deductions or vouchers used in religious schools, even if their views are not grounded in a sensible reading of the Constitution, which forbids 'establishment of religion,' and does not require hostility toward religion. But it bugs me to see a civil liberties group with a distinguished pedigree turn its arguments over to union mercenaries who do not care about civil liberties; to cloak itself in the Blaine amendments in state constitutions, which trace to a bigoted anti-Catholic past; and especially to invoke 'uniformity clauses' in state constitutions and to argue that public education funds can only be spent in schools that adhere to official orthodoxy. Indeed, the ACLU’s slogan, sadly, needs to be changed to 'We Stand for Uniformity.'"