Supreme Court Hears Arizona Voter ID Case

With the fate of a crucial provision of the Voting Rights Act hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court hears another case challenging the right of a state to put in place new voting requirements Monday. At stake in the case--Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.-- is whether or not an Arizona law requiring Arizonans to show proof of citizenship at the voting booth will be upheld.

2013-03-18T12:25:32-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , , , |

Headlines from the Ongoing Battle for American Civil Rights – 8/3

Today is the last day before Congress goes on its annual August recess (iow, it goes a month without causing more harm). On top of that good news is this: the pressure put on the Senate Judiciary committee by the American Civil Rights Union and others has resulted in the committee finally approving the nomination of Judge Leslie Southwick, passing him on to the full Senate for a vote sometime after the recess.***A special note of recognition in favor of committee member, Dianne Feinstein, who has once again proven herself to be one of the last reasonable liberals on the Hill. Feinstein joined nine Republicans in voting [...]

2019-10-04T13:51:06-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , |

Headlines from the Ongoing Battle for American Civil Rights – 7/27

A tragic decision was handed down yesterday, striking down the right of local communities to defend themselves against the blight of illegal immigration. The ACRU is in the lead in defending the prerogatives of Hazelton, PA, and other communities in this regard, so I encourage our readers to consider our opinion on the case, found in John Armor's excellent article, "The Hazelton Rebellion." The good news is that this case is likely to go all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Here's the news from yesterday:Judge strikes down Hazleton's illegal immigrant law (AP/The News Journal)Judge overturns Pa. city's illegal immigrant ordinance ( Though there is [...]

2019-09-30T17:52:34-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , |

Headlines from the Ongoing Battle for American Civil Rights – 7/26

"Everyone" supports free speech. So does the left, until you support something that they find is "inflammatory." We wouldn't want to offend them. And speaking favorably about traditional families can get you in some really hot water, apparently:Speech police, riding high in Oakland (George S. Will) Some politicians will go to extraordinary lengths to restrict speech they find "hateful." Fortunately, the latest attempts on the Hill have been delayed:Senate delays important hate-crimes vote ( In the "you have got to be kidding me" department, should want of speech supersede justice?:Md. judge dismisses sex-abuse charges for want of translator (Washington Post) This one should be so obvious that [...]

2019-10-04T13:50:54-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , |

Headlines from the Ongoing Battle for American Civil Rights – 7/23

Regulating "Fairness" is inherently subjective, and as such is inherently leftist, given that government is the regulator. Freedom is the only truly fair doctrine:The Fairness Doctrine lives! (Campus Report Online) The 'Fairness Doctrine' power grab (Family Security Matters) Senate Democrats foil attempt to bar 'Fairness Doctrine' (Washington Times) What is happening in the Senate over the President's judicial nominees is despicable. (For more info, be sure to check out The Committee for Justice website):Senate scrap looms over judicial nominee ( Senator Specter defends judicial nominee Southwick ( No state church and freedom of religious expression should be simple; then why does the High Court further muddle our [...]

2019-10-04T13:50:45-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , |

Headlines from the Ongoing Battle for American Civil Rights – 7/13

The big news this week has been the implosion of the McCain campaign. The ironic thing is that his efforts to suppress political speech may have helped fund his undoing:The McCain-Feingold effect: Where has all the money gone? (WSJ's OpinionJournal) Speaking of speech (!), another excuse for suppression is being actively contemplated in the Upper Chamber:U.S. Senate prepares to vote on dangerous hate-crimes bill ( Fortunately, lots of senators are lining up against the assault on talk radio:Fairness Doctrine target of new measure by GOP senators ( You may not like her message or the way she is drawing attention to her message, but protests are protected [...]

2019-10-04T13:50:40-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , |

Headlines from the Ongoing Battle for American Civil Rights – 7/9

The so-called Fairness Doctrine is so wrong and so dangerous that we'll keep hammering away at it until it goes away for good. Be sure to tell your congressman that it is unfair, and that you support the free speech doctrine instead:The unfairness doctrine (Paul Greenberg) Fear, fairness, freedom, and fakery (Harry R. Jackson, Jr.) Here's Ed Feulner with an encouraging take on some good news we've had recently regarding speech rights:A victory for free speech (Ed Feulner) If the homosexual lobby was ever simply a "live and let live" movement, it has long since ceased being so. Now it is a "live, and publicly endorse our [...]

2007-07-09T06:57:46-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , |

Headlines from the Ongoing Battle for American Civil Rights – 7/6

With the comprehensive immigration reform bill dead and buried (look for it to return again and again like a horror-flick monster, though), the hot issue is the so-called Fairness Doctrine. So let's be clear: there is nothing fair about it, and it is repugnant to the First Amendment. Rather, the ACRU favors the Free Speech Doctrine. We can't repeat it enough, and we won't stop saying it: Free speech, not government control of the airwaves:Plan to restore fairness doctrine still on track, analyst says ('Fairness' follies (Wall Street Journal/ACU) Back to the Fairness Doctrine? (William Rusher) What's fair about the Fairness Doctrine? (Burt Prelutsky) Libs long for [...]

2019-10-04T13:50:17-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , |

Headlines from the Ongoing Battle for American Civil Rights – 7/2

Some of the biggest supporters of the ACRU used to be big supporters of the ACLU, until they opened their eyes. Here's the latest example of an enlightened former lawyer for the ACLU:Former ACLU lawyer calls group "the Taliban of American Secularism" (The Valley News) The United States Supreme Court handed down a number of favorable decisions last week. But "conservative" justices don't come to their conclusions in the same way as each other and liberal justices don't think identically either:Quandaries 4 Justices (George Will)One right-leaning perspective on the recent decisions:A cautious right turn: the Supremes were most united on business cases (WSJ's OpinionJournal) Where Parents ... [...]

2019-10-04T13:50:29-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , |

Headlines from the Ongoing Battle for American Civil Rights – 6/29

First , the big news: racial preferences - you know, the idea that some are more entitled to civil rights than others - get a major setback by the Supreme Court - a Court that has had a series of encouraging decisions to close out this term:Race as factor in school enrollment rejected (Washington Times)Roberts, Alito & Kennedy: swinging supremely right (Culture and Media Institute) Time to stop viewing students as 'components of racial class,' parents say ( However, if reassurance is needed:Brown v. Board of Education has not been overturned (WSJ's OpinionJournal) George Will trumpets the near mortal blow to the Campaign Finance Law:Setback for the [...]

2007-06-29T07:00:02-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , |