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ACLU Sues Betsy DeVos for…Standing Up for Students’ Civil Liberties

Proving yet again that they are much more concerned with making themselves the official legal arm of woke leftism than they are with defending “civil liberties,” the ACLU filed a lawsuit on Thursday that seeks to block the new federal sexual assault guidelines coming from the Department of Education. Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the new guidance last week, and it was immediately clear to anyone with a beating pulse that it was a step in the right direction after the Obama administration made a mockery out of due process on college campuses.

In the guidance, DeVos sought to restore sanity to a sexual abuse allegations process that had gone completely off the rails under the Obama regime. Caught up in the whirlwind of feminist statistics regarding “rape culture” and all the rest, the Obama administration set out to turn a college sexual assault accusation into actual proof of a crime. If you were accused under these rules, you basically had to prove yourself innocent. That is, if the college bothered to give you a chance to do so.

As even NBC News admits, the new guidance from DeVos “effectively bolster the rights of due process for those accused of sexual assault and harassment, allowing for live hearings and cross-examinations. It’s what agency officials say was lacking during the Obama administration to protect all students under Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits gender discrimination, including sexual assault, at schools.”

Seems to us that if the ACLU actually stood for the principles on the marquee, they would champion such an effort.

Instead, they’re suing.

In a press release accompanying the suit, the ACLU wrote:

The rule subjects reports of sexual harassment to a different and more skeptical review than reports of harassment based on race, national origin, or disability — creating a second-class standard for reports of sexual harassment and assault. The department itself anticipates that four-year institutions will now investigate 32 percent fewer reports of sexual harassment and assault.

The suit was filed on behalf of plaintiffs Know Your IX, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Girls for Gender Equity, and Stop Sexual Assault in Schools — all organizations dedicated to helping students who experience sexual harassment and assault continue their education.

If the new guidance subjects sexual harassment reports to greater scrutiny than those other categories, then that is a call to clamp down on THOSE allegations as well. Regardless of the accusation, students are entitled to due process, a fair hearing, and the opportunity to confront their accuser with a cogent defense. These are the principles of our justice system and they should be the principles on campus.

Betsy DeVos is trying to restore civil liberties. The American Civil Liberties Union is pushing a feminist agenda.

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  1. The ACLU hasn’t been a supporter of the Constitution and/or the Bill of rights for decades!! It should be called the American Communist League Union!!!

    • That’s EXACTLY what they are. They’re a communist front group. They have been since the day they were formed. They’re left wing radicals who are only interested in forcing a communist govt. on this country. They’re certainly not interested in anybody’s civil liberties.

  2. Another new project for the new ALL republican congress in 2021 will be to defund the ACLU “Atheists Communist and Liberals Union” and severely restrict their access to the judicial system!

  3. Jackasses….. the day that some idiot thought up this way to railroad young/old, any man was a terrible day for all men in this country…..all you need is some disgruntled female who might not get a phone call, or have an argument or break up, to get her knickers in a twit and the right to ruin someone’s life is her oyster….. there should never be an accusation that is not backed up by fact..investigation or the truth… Being female does not make someone honest……

  4. The Democrat system for handling sexual assault cases is much more efficient and much easier less costly to adjudicate than the complex system set up in our Constitution. The Constitution requires the messy due process rules to be applied, while the system favored by the Democrats only require one piece of information. Using the Democrat system-if you are a liberal you are innocent, if a conservative you are guilty. The Constitutional system could take weeks or months to reach a conclusion, lawyers would have to be involved and the costs could be quite large. In the Democrat system, you get a result in a couple of minutes, no lawyers, no cost (unless, of course, you happen to be the guy in the transaction-then the costs are tremendous) but I’m sure you can see the efficiency of the Democrat’s favored system. I don’t think use of their system will have an unreasonable affect on the rule of law or the viability of our democracy…because you know how important these things are to the Democrats.

  5. I guess you know you are doing the right thing when you get sued for something like this. Either all at the ACLU misunderstood or they are woefully uneducated. Methinks it is the latter. Betsy is a capable person who is dedicated to the best interests of students. I am very grateful she is the Ed secretary.

  6. Since the ACLU is a tax exempt organization, I believe it is possible to sue them for not keeping to the original concepts on which they were approved. If this happens there tax exempt status is removed and they will have to ask for funds from their communist supporters.

  7. ACLU has never been more than a far left bunch of idiots. They only prove it by “opening their mouths” in this manner. Time to get rid of them.

  8. ACLU stands for the crooked Georgette Sorehose and his Demonrat puppets. Just a bunch of thieves with empty pockets and big mouths…

  9. So, the ACLU is filing suit against a Government Action. Now we know who is on the right side. Congratulations, the Government must be doing the right thing. If the ACLU is backing it, then it must be contra-constitutional and probably corrupt and illegal. Thank you secretary DeVos. Well done. I would be far more worried if the Communist Left at the Angry Communist Left League was on your side.

  10. ACLU has outlived its original foundations and is now nothing but a scab organization what can not be trusted to protect the rights and liberties of the American people. They are the same as the liberal socialist demo-craps that will do anything for money, NO PRINCIPALS, only work for those who can pay!

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