I'm a liberal but I've never been enthusiastic about the ACLU. News recently that it has come out against the free speech rights of the Sweet Cakes owners has helped me to understand the reasons why.
Organizations the ACLU has represented in the past include the Ku Klux Klan and the Westboro Baptist Church. Individuals include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Arthur Bremer, David Duke, Sean Hannity, Ted Kaczynski, G. Gordon Liddy, Rush Limbaugh, Oliver North, Sirhan Sirhan, and George Wallace. Really no reason here for a liberal to support this organization.
The Sweet Cakes owners have recently been victimized by an administrative ruling that they are prohibited from talking about their refusal to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. This is in addition to the absurd amount of $135,000 they have been ordered to pay for "pain and suffering" of the two lesbians. The "talking" which the labor dept. bureaucrat complained of in his ruling was describing what happened to a reporter, and posting a sign saying in part, "This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong." The bureaucrat decided this was in violation of an Oregon law prohibiting a business from announcing it's intention to discriminate in the future.
So the ACLU is backing these people, right? No, the legal director, a dunce named "Mat dos Santos", wrote a column in the paper explaining that the ACLU is supportive of the ridiculous decision to punish the Sweet Cakes owners. How disappointing.