Monday, July 25, 2005

Interesting Insight

The Stalwart blog has an interesting posting on Peg Lautenschlager and the domestic partner benefits case. The blog notes the following of a news article on the case:

The ACLU of Wisconsin is involved in the case on the plaintiffs' side. The Alliance Defense Fund has filed a motion for the legislature seeking to intervene in the case. The article describes these organizations thus,

... the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, which advocates for individual freedoms.

... The Alliance Defense Fund, a non-profit legal firm in Scottsdale, Ariz., that is linked to evangelical Christians ...

Paul notes:

Seems like quite a different tone...

Here is how the ADF defines itself on its Web Site: "ADF was founded for a unique purpose: to aggressively defend religious liberty by empowering our allies, recognizing that together, we can accomplish far more than we can alone."

So why was the group not identified in the paper as a group that advocates for religious freedoms?

Essentially, the reporter basically adopted the ACLU's description of itself but did not adopt the ADF's description of itself.

After all, here's how the ACLU defines itself on its Web Site: "The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty. We work daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States."