Thank you, Coastal, Rachel, and Martha. And, CLB, thank you for giving me the opportunity to clear up a common misperception. The ACLU is remarkable because it truly defends the fundamental freedoms OF ALL, no matter your political or religious beliefs.

Here’s a long list of cases the ACLU has taken on behalf of the religious freedom of Christians.

And other people whose rights we have stood up for include Sen. Larry Craig, Rush Limbaugh, Oliver North, and Jerry Falwell. In San Diego, most recently, we have stood up for the free speech of the Minutemen and a Christian student who wore a t-shirt to school with an anti-gay message.

You will find no other group in the country or perhaps the world who so consistently defends the freedoms OF ALL, including people we strongly disagree with, so that those valuable rights will be available to help all of us move toward a more fair, just, and equitable society. That’s where we’re headed — sometimes haltingly, sometimes only after huge setbacks. But, we’ll get there.


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