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Stephen Carter, JD Biography

William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"

“I would like to say a word in defense of the American Civil Liberties Union… I shudder when fellow Christians blithely dismiss the organization as fundamentally biased against them. Some call it the Anti-Christian Liberals Union or the Anti-Christian Litigation Unit. There are other, less friendly acronyms as well. I think the ACLU is wrong to oppose religious expression in the public square, but being wrong is not the same as being evil.

More to the point, the ACLU is often right about the First Amendment’s free exercise clause, taking on fights that others refuse. It might surprise some critics that the ACLU defends the free speech and free exercise rights of, well, Christians…

The next time a fellow Christian disparages the ACLU , try answering with something like this: ‘Sure, they’re on the wrong side sometimes, but I thank God for the times when they’re right.'”

“The ACLU Is Not Evil,” Christianity Today, May 1, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Yale University, 1982-present
  • Former Law Clerk, Justice Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court
  • Former Law Clerk, Judge Spottswood W. Robinson, III, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • Former Columnist, Christianity Today
  • Former Managing Editor, Stanford Daily
  • Education:
  • JD, Yale University, 1979
  • BA, History, Stanford University, 1976
  • Other:
  • Raised in Harlem, Washington, DC, and Ithaca
  • Lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children
  • Teaches courses on contracts, just war theory, culture trademarks, and unfair competition
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    1. Is the ACLU Good for America?