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Living in a free society is a benefit as well detraction In our country the First Amendment of the constitution gives us freedom of speech However this right to free speech comes with the sacrifice of having to hear opinions that are repugnant to the majority So we have the incongruous situation like oil and water of the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU defending the Ku Klux Klan KKK The ACLU defends our First Amendment right to free speech as well as our other rights The ACLU goes to court to fight those who would deny us these rights Interestingly enough it is usually the same government which has given us these rights that tries to take them away The ACLU defends free speech for all people and organizations no matter what their message or how reprehensible their views might be The ACLU believes that the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and press would be meaningless if the government could pick and choose the persons to whom these rights apply said Chris Ahmuty Executive Director of the ACLU of Wisconsin The KKK is trying to deny constitutional rights to minorities This is what the ACLU tries to prevent The KKK uses their right to freedom of speech to spread their message of hate and racism There are many cases where government agencies have tried to stop the KKK from speaking in public In February of 1998 the town of Cicero IL denied a rally permit to the KKK to hold a rally in their town Cicero claimed that the planned rally could incite violence and also that it be to costly to effectively policeThe ACLU agreed to fight this case for the KKK because it is a violation of their First Amendment rights By providing representation in this case we are upholding a long tradition of defending freedom of speech for alla tradition in which we have represented civil rights activists and hate
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