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History of the ACLU

By November 14, 2006

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Laura Murphy of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Laura Murphy of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Image courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Type "civil liberties" into Google and you'll find two sites right away: This one, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) homepage. For 86 years, the ACLU has challenged U.S., state, county, and local governments in an effort to make sure that the Bill of Rights and the principles that guide it are consistently protected.

But, as is true of most activist organizations, there was a time when the ACLU was a small, marginalized, and largely powerless group of like-minded concerned citizens. Read up on the history of the ACLU and learn where the ACLU came from--and what it accomplished under its first two executive directors, Roger Nash Baldwin and Patrick Murphy Malin.

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July 26, 2009 at 12:24 am
(1) Sue Kaiser says:

Why do you find the Cross so offensive???This is of course concerning The Mojave Cross.It has been erected since 1934, and no one has been bothered by it all this time. It has significant meaning to those who placed it there in the first place, don’t they mean anything?? How is it hurting you, if you don’t like it, you don’t have to go see it!! I really fail to understand this issue with the Cross with you people. The Holy Bible states that the Cross if offensive to those that are perishing.

October 8, 2009 at 6:38 am
(2) walter carter says:

Its not about the cross per-say. Its about Christ/God. read the book of Revelation. I can say this the ACLU is not really standing up for are bill of rights, our the American constitution. they are trying to rip it down …remember one thing people out of sight out of mind.

November 25, 2009 at 5:38 pm
(3) Paul Oliphant-Smith says:

Some of us disciples of Jesus Christ have been praying a long time for revival in the lives of Christians. It does seem that our prayers are about to be answered as the ACLU is gaining strength. Their strength will undoubtedly mean such intense persecution of Evangelical Christians, that to witness to being born again will take much courage. I wonder how many professing Christians will show themselves then.

May 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm
(4) Hal Britton says:

The ACLU really stands for is the Anti-Christ Legal Union.

August 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm
(5) Take A. Hike says:

how did jesus feel about people wearing their religion on their
sleeves, thinking appearance was much more important than
substance? read on:
standing around on the street corners, market places….praying loudly so the people will hear them and say: “what a pious man he is…… and call you rabbi, ask your opinion, fallowing your words instead of God’s….. you sons of vipers!! when you want to pray go to your inner chamber…
one of the most spiritual answer was given by mother theresa as an answer to: how do you pray? her reply was
“i take a long look at my God and my God takes a long look
at me……… and then, we talk..
you don’t need a cross anywhere to do that-do you?
by the way……. there were times “christians” rights, their
civil liberties had to be defended….. in those instances, none
of you turned down ACLU’s offers of assistance….. ACLU defends civil liberties… FOR EVERYONE! now…. go teach.
not by words…. teach by being an example.


December 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm
(6) Olin says:

Roger Baldwin, the founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, once said, “I am for socialism, disarmament, and, ultimately, for abolishing the state itself… I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.

It has not changed.

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