A long, long time ago (i may have still been in my teens) i joined the ACLU. I was a member "at large", paying my dues, sending money when asked, but otherwize not very involved nor attentive. A year or so after i moved to Boise (for good in 1967) a bunch of local at large ACLU members came togeher to form a local chapter, First order of business was ro elect a local president. After about ten people had refused their nomination for, more or less, good reasons, somebody nominalted me, and having no excuse except my general incompetence in such matters, i accepted and was unanimously elected.
One of my jobs was, when asked, to interpret ACLU actions to the general public. About a year into my first (only) term, the ACLU made a decion to protect in court, the right of the American Nazi Party to stage a march in Skokie, Illinois. Constitutionaly that was a correct decision. Marches have been declared by law to be symbolic speech (grammically and actually "significant" speech") American Nazis have a right to free expression of ideas. In its recent history the ACLU had made a couple of cowardly and "wrong" decisions and were reluctant to make another. It was my job to explain and defend this decision locally. But i could not do it. Skokie was the home of many Holocaust survivers, some quite elderly and sole survivers of their family members murders. I could only imagine their reactions when uniformed men wearing swastikas paraded past their homes. This is probably why the city of Skokie refused to issue a permit. This is probably why the Nazis chose Skokie in the first place. I resigned from my position and from the ACLU. I continue to admire the group, i send them money once in a while, but i am no longer "part of the body,"
Allowing the march was constitutionally correct, but it was inhumane; and i was human before i was a liberal. I believe that truth usually has a somewhat liberal slant. Often, but not alwaya.
Since that time i have not easily become a member of any group. I consider myself a member of three groups: my family, my twelve step fellowship, and the totality of creation. The last is inescapable. i am a part of everything and everything is a part of me. The other two cause me to ask constant questions which i have, so far, been able to handle without leaving.
Love, peace. and happiness to all.