Monday, October 18, 2004

ACLU Fights for Bush/Cheney Couple

Weird News
The Beacon Journal reports from Hudson, Ohio where the ACLU is fighting for a Republican couple who just want to display a large Bush/Cheney sign. Summit County GOP Chairman Alex Arshinkoff and his wife Karen have been fined $75 a day since October 1st for refusing to take down the sign, which violates a Hudson city ordinance. The city rules state signs can only be 8 square feet, the disputed sign is 32 square feet. The ACLU is sending a representative and statI appreciate the fact that we routinely represent people who revile the ACLU because they don't understand. They don't get it.... Our issue is the Bill of Rights. The people who hate us, or seem to hate us, turn to us when they need help.es the fine is a violation of the couple's First Admendment rights.

Arshinkoff also noted "They're very liberal. I only agree with them 5 percent of the time, but any port in a storm when you're in trouble". The ACLU representative, Jeffrey Gamso, responded by saying "I appreciate the fact that we routinely represent people who revile the ACLU because they don't understand. They don't get it.... Our issue is the Bill of Rights. The people who hate us, or seem to hate us, turn to us when they need help.''

This reminds me of the classic Onion story:
ACLU Defends Neo-Nazi Group's Right to Burn Down Its Headquarters