From the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) newsletter:

Once again, the ACLJ is fighting to protect your children from the reach of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Earlier this year, the Miami-Dade County School Board decided to remove a series of books because of a book entitled A Visit to Cuba.

The Board felt this book inaccurately portrays life in Cuba, down-playing the devastating effects that the totalitarian regime under Castro has had upon the people.

To address this problem, the Board wanted to replace the books with a more accurate set that is more comprehensive of actual life in Cuba.

This determination by the School Board makes sense. It also poses no constitutional crisis – until the ACLU got involved.

Despite their claims as civil libertarians, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Miami-Dade County School Board and won in a U.S District Court.

The judge agreed with the ACLU by overriding the School Board’s decision, ordering the books be placed back within the library.

That case is now on appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the ACLJ has filed a brief asserting that the ACLU’s position and the district court’s decision were incorrect.

The idea that the ACLU could demand that a book be placed in the library after the School Board found it offensive should raise concern with all Americans.

The Supreme Court has repeatedly emphasized that “the education of the Nation’s youth is primarily the responsibility of parents, teachers, and state and local school officials, and not of federal judges.”

The Board’s concern was the accuracy of the facts and the need to prepare students to be well-informed citizens – not the suppression of ideas, as the ACLU alleges.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has an opportunity to restore the proper balance to public education. After all, these are our children … and NO ONE has elected the ACLU as a member of the School Board.


Find out more at the ACLJ web site.