ACLU Defends Sex Offenders, As Usual
It’s been a while since I wrote about the ACLU, an organization that I have strongly opposed since the horrific Curley case in Massachusetts in 1997. Curley was a young boy who was violently assaulted sexually by two homosexuals while tied to a tree, and then beaten to death. His parents filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) after they learned that NAMBLA had a website that coached homosexuals on how to entice young boys and how to avoid detection by the police. The ACLU entered the case as a friend of the defendant, NAMBLA.
It also didn’t endear me to the ACLU when they sued a high school principal in Westerly, RI for telling a student she could not wear a tee-shirt to school that contained an obscenity that defamed President Bush. The multiple and continuing attempts to stamp out all signs of Christianity in America also raise my ire, and I wonder how many voters understand that when the ACLU wins a so-called, religious freedom court case, it is a federal law that the defendants (usually a small town) have to pay exorbitant legal fees to them. This provides a major source of funds to the ACLU, and always makes me believe they have a double motive beyond misguided attempts to defend the First Amendment.
Every place I have lived has an ordinance that prevents known sex offenders from living near places where children are likely to be found, like schools and playgrounds. Imagine my chagrin when I read this in my morning paper today:
RI's ACLU asks court to protect 3 sex offenders from homelessness
By W. Zachary Malinowski July 16, 2012 Providence Journal
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that makes it a felony for registered sex offenders to live within 300 feet of a school.
The lawsuit, filed by Katherine Godin, a volunteer lawyer for the ACLU, claims that three plaintiffs face homelessness if the law is enforced against them.
Two of the plaintiffs, Dennis Gesmondi and Dallas Huard, live in Warren Manor II, a facility run by NRI Community Services, a nonprofit provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment.
The third plaintiff, George Madancy, would also face homelessness or hospitalization if forced from his apartment, the suit says.
Godin said that all three men had been upfront with police and probation officials about where they reside. They all live close to elementary schools.