Sadly, columnist Molly Ivins lost her battle with breast cancer this week. In addition to being a witty and insightful writer, she was a huge supporter of the ACLU. She volunteered her time to speak at ACLU functions across the country, including events in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. She appeared in a recent ACLU video, talking about the ACLU’s dedication to the principle of separation of church and state. “That principle,” she said, “is so important that it’s worth being a pain in the ass about. And that’s what the ACLU is.”
I was not personally acquainted with Ms. Ivins, but I do remember distinctly a national ACLU staff conference a few years ago in Austin at which she made an appearance. She invited all 200+ of us in attendance to a party at her house that evening. And she meant it. She was truly a unique person, and a great friend to the Bill of Rights and to the ACLU. She will be missed.
The national ACLU has a nice tribute to her here.
Sara in Philly