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If You Think The ACLU Is Unpopular…

The Mississippi ACLU has rejected a gift from Humanists to pay for a prom open to gays and lesbians.

To avoid further controversy, the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi has rejected a $20,000 gift intended to underwrite an alternate prom replacing one canceled by a local school district after a lesbian student demanded that she be allowed to attend with her girlfriend.

The gift, to sponsor one of several privately sponsored alternate events, came from the American Humanist Association, an advocacy group whose mission is to promote “good without God.”

“Although we support and understand organizations like yours, the majority of Mississippians tremble in terror at the word ‘atheist,’ ” Jennifer Carr, the fund-raiser for the A.C.L.U of Mississippi, wrote in an e-mail message to Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the humanist group.

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7 Responses to “If You Think The ACLU Is Unpopular…”


  1. 1 David Kimball
    April 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Am I reading this correctly? The ACLU refused the gift because of the “trembling” of the “majority of Mississippians” at the word “atheist”? Did they accept gifts from other organizations/individuals?

    I am speechless.

  2. April 4, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I will take this opportunity to point out that the established national (based in D.C.) LGBT movement, as exemplified by HRC, has veered to the Right in the past decade with an emphasis on “normalizing” LGBT people with issues like military equality, marriage equality, adoption adoption equality. Perhaps this partially explains the ACLU’s actions here. This is speculation, of course, by an old Leftist LGBT activist, but, when people like Barney Frank tell young LGBT not to march on Washington, as he did last Fall, I think I see a trend here to placate the Right in vain hopes that they will support the normalization agenda on social issues. Slowly, the younger gay activists are challenging this approach, as well they should.

  3. April 12, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I am aghast, agog and appalled! I may well give up my membership of the ACLU over this! I am offended both as a humanist and a gay man! This is outrageous!

    • April 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

      I have just spoken with the finance director at the Mississippi ACLU, and they assure me that this was a misunderstanding, that a staff member prematurely sent out an email with incorrect information, and that the gift has now been accepted and apologies made all round.

      • 5 curiousdwk
        April 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm

        Thanks for the update on this. I was extremely surprised at the “action from fear” of the ACLU on this.

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