Last updated on: 2/4/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Catholic League Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Ask anyone in the ACLU what he thinks of book banning and out pours a stream of invective targeted at Hitlerians. Ironically, the ACLU is no stranger to book banning, having previously sought to ban the book Sex Respect from the schools in Wisconsin (the book teaches abstinence, ergo, the book must go – the ACLU thinks this represents a religious perspective). Now it’s trying to ban another book, Of Pandas and People, on the grounds that it advances a creationist theory of mankind…

This is the same ACLU which defends as freedom of speech Nazis marching in Jewish neighborhoods, mud wrestling, dwarf tossing and child pornography. Teaching that the scientific paradigm cannot adequately account for the origins of life, however, is not something that a free society can risk.”

“The Book-Banning ACLU,” Catholic League website, www.catholicleague.org, June 2000

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Catholic League is the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. Founded in 1973 by the late Father Virgil C. Blum, S.J., the Catholic League defends the right of Catholics – lay and clergy alike – to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination.”

“About Us,” Catholic League website (accessed Feb. 4, 2010)

Mission:

“Motivated by the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment, the Catholic League works to safeguard both the religious freedom rights and the free speech rights of Catholics whenever and wherever they are threatened.”

“About Us,” Catholic League website (accessed Feb. 4, 2010)

Other:
Nonprofit organization