Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit has become the victim of a mass de-linking for having the temerity to write the words, "I think that demonizing the ACLU is a bit silly. I do feel that they've become overly partisan in recent years, but they still do good work," in a brief, August 29 blogpost. Interestingly enough, Mr. Reynolds was not referring to Stop The ACLU, but rather to a book by Alan Sears and Craig Osten entitled, The ACLU Vs. America: Exposing the Agenda to Redefine Moral Values.
In an August 31 response to Mr. Reynolds' statement, Jay of Stop The ACLU writes, "We don’t think it is silly at all. And Glenn is entitled to his opinion. We just no longer wish to link to someone that supports an anti-American organization. Here are a few reasons why they should be demonized. [List of reasons]."
That same Stop The ACLU blogpost contains an update about an apparent "instalanche*" that was the alleged result of the large volume of traffic Mr. Reynolds' blog site receives and sent to Stop the ACLU via link, "Hey, just because a few of us don’t agree with Glenn, and no longer wish to read him, I wonder why he thinks it was worth an instalanche. I mean, whats the big deal? Not that I don’t appreciate the traffic, and will gladly add anyone to the list who agrees with us. Glenn sends his readers here telling them we are delinking because he said that 'demonizing the ACLU is silly.'"
Jay concludes his blogpost with, "Of course I have to delink him. I’m anti-ACLU, and I must stand by principle," and an appeal to others to do the same, "If you agree, and delink Glenn let us know and we will add you to the list. If you have never linked to Glenn for whatever reason, we will add you to the list as well. If you have a post about this, send us a trackback and it will appear as a link below. If it gets big enough I’ll start a blogroll."
As of this writing, the Stop The ACLU's still-growing, “I’m Not Linked To Glenn Reynolds List" contains the names of 40 de-linkers.
Now, I do not wish to demonize Stop The ACLU — whose tagline is "Beating the ACLU With Their Own Sickle and Hammer" — but I am bewildered as to why the Stop The ACLU folks were so offended by Mr. Reynolds remark because Stop The ACLU has never appeared to be afraid of dissenting viewpoints. In fact, Stop The ACLU often invites card-carrying ACLU members (including yours truly) and other assorted folks they perceive as "liberals" and/or "leftists" to join in their blog discussions, which almost always makes for some mighty interesting discourse.