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January 11, 2005

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It is probably no accident that freedom of speech is the first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." The Constitution's framers believed that freedom of inquiry and liberty of expression were the hallmarks of a democratic society.

Notice anything funny?

Yeah, the ellipses (in the original) kinda leave out an important part, don't they? The freedom of religious expression. It's bad enough that they leave out that part, but even worse that they insist on a totally inaccurate conclusion from that omission: that Freedom of Speech is the first freedom listed, and so must be the most important.

Which group has this paragraph on their official website? I thought you'd never ask:

The American Civili Liberties Union. What a surprise, huh? If you thought their lawsuits indicated a hostility toward Freedom of Religious Expression, this does nothing to counter that assumption.

From today's Best of the Web.

Anybody want to get a screenshot of it before they correct their inadvertant admission?

Posted by Nathan at 02:27 PM | Comments (2)
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Disgusting. Plain and simple.

Posted by: Sharp as a Marble at January 11, 2005 05:55 PM

I'm not so sure the omission was inadvertent. I saved the source though, just in case the decide to go back and actually quote the actual 1st Amendment.

Posted by: Mike Howard at January 11, 2005 07:04 PM
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