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October 19, 2004

ACLU doesn't know what "bigotry" is

The ACLU has turned down grants from two left-wing foundations because it thinks they aren't left-wing enough. OK, so that's my spin. Here's the real story: The Ford Foundation now has language attached to its grants that bars recipients "from engaging in any activity that 'promotes violence, terrorism, bigotry, or the destruction of any state.''' The Rockefeller Foundation has similar language saying that recipients may not "directly or indirectly engage in, promote, or support other organizations or individuals who engage in or promote terrorist activity.''

The AP reports that the ACLU feels this language "could foster impediments to free speech and includes terms like 'bigotry' whose meanings are too vague to support in any funding agreements." So the ACLU doesn't know what "bigotry" is, and it apparently doesn't understand what "violence" and "terrorism" and "the destruction of any state" are.

Aren't these people too dumb to be allowed to drive?