Last updated on: 12/1/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Steven Byas, MEd Biography

Title:
Instructor of History and Social Studies Education at Randall University
Position:
Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Despite its stated devotion to the Bill of Rights, the ACLU is rather selective in which of the first Ten Amendments it chooses to defend. Not only does the Second Amendment not get any love from the ACLU, they have little regard for the Tenth Amendment. For example, Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas, opposed the efforts of the Lone Star State to refuse Syrian refugees, insisting, ‘Texas and other states don’t have veto power in this area.’

The reality is that many, if not most, of the matters that concern Americans were intended by the Founders to be left to the states to resolve. After all, the First Amendment clearly stated that Congress shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion. It is silent on what states, local governments, and school districts can do about it.

This is probably the crux of the matter. Historian Samuel Walker commented that the ‘greatest impact on American life’ of the ACLU was its role in persuading the Supreme Court to ‘constitutionalize’ all these public controversies.

The old saying, ‘Don’t make a federal case out of it,’ is a rule of thumb that the ACLU regularly violates, usually to the detriment of both our civil and religious liberties.”

“ACLU Survey/Fundraising Letter Confirms Its Anti-Christian Bias,” thenewamerican.com, Apr. 19, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Instructor, History and Social Studies Education, Randall University
  • Contributor, New American
Education:
  • MEd, History Education, summa cum laude, University of Central Oklahoma
  • BA, History Education, University of Central Oklahoma
Other:
  • Was born in Duncan, OK
  • Teaches at Sunday school and is a church deacon
Quoted in:
  1. Is the ACLU Anti-Christian?