Joined: Jan. 2006
That is an interesting reaction.
My basically feeling throughout my life was that the ACLU often represented issues to which I was (mildly) opposed. However, when they represented issues that I supported it was for issues about which I felt very strongly.
So even though I would often be irritated by them, I felt that were extremely worth while.
So how much of our individual rights do we owe our society? Society definitely provides us with benefits so I assume that we should owe it some. The question is where should that divide be drawn?
It's not surprising that fundamentalists feel that all rights should be abandoned in favor of society. That is arguably one way you could describe fundamentalism. In fundamentalism, when an individual takes a position (on *any* issue) opposed to the group, they are immediately ejected from the fundamentalist group (ala Dave Scot at UC).