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  • Rutherford Institute founder responds to rally violence

    08/16/2017 6:59:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    CBS 19 News ^ | Aug 15, 2017 | Courteney Stuart
    Rutherford Institute founder responds to rally violence By Courteney Stuart Posted: Tue 7:01 PM, Aug 15, 2017 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- In the days since the violence of the Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally, anger has mounted, some of it directed at the civil rights organizations that represented rally organizer Jason Kessler in his legal fight to keep the rally in Emancipation Park. The Rutherford Institute founder John Whitehead said he doesn't regret taking the case and notes that it's about defending the First Amendment, not supporting the mission of the rally. "If you're going to believe in the...
  • Obama Flooding U.S. Streets With “Weapons of War” for Local Police

    12/13/2014 7:58:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New American ^ | December 2, 2014 | Alex Newman
    The federal government and the Obama administration are under fire for a variety of unconstitutional programs aimed at both militarizing and controlling local police and law enforcement, including supplying a vast array of sophisticated U.S. Defense Department “weapons of war” to city and county governments. Billions of dollars in military equipment has already been handed to municipal police departments and county sheriffs’ offices nationwide under the rapidly expanding federal schemes, but concerns from across the political spectrum are growing quickly as well. This year alone, over 150 so-called “mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles,” or MRAPs, used by U.S. forces in Iraq, were...
  • Attorney Whitehead: ‘We Live in a Police State’

    07/23/2013 4:17:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 01:15 PM | Bill Hoffmann and John Bachman
    The U.S. government’s growing surveillance of Americans has transformed the nation into an “electronic concentration camp,” top civil-liberties attorney John W. Whitehead says. “It’s moving so rapidly you have to feel creepy because you're being watched. Everybody has a file if you do anything electronically,” Whitehead, author the new book “A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State,” told Newsmax TV. … Whitehead—who founded the Rutherford Institute in Virginia, which helps promote civil liberties and human rights—has been researching the growth of the National Security Agency since the 1980s. The agency has been under fire for its collection of...
  • Parents Sue School District For Strip-Searching Their 10 Year-Old Son

    12/14/2012 11:27:06 AM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12.12.12 | Criag Bannister
    The parents of 10 year-old J.C. Cox have sued a North Carolina public school district for allegedly strip-searching their son in search of a $20 bill lost by another student.J.C. had twice told school officials he did not have the missing money, which was later found in the school cafeteria, attorneys for the Rutherford Institute said announcing the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.Institute attorneys charge that a former Union Elementary School assistant principal violated J.C.'s Fourth Amendment rights when she allegedly ordered the fifth grader to disrobe down to his underwear...
  • Ex-Marine to sue over detention for Facebook posts

    08/29/2012 8:29:41 AM PDT · by lward99 · 16 replies
    Times247 ^ | 08/29/12 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The former Marine who was forcibly placed in a psychiatric ward by government officials who didn’t like his Facebook postings will sue for unlawful arrest, according to his attorneys. “We are definitely going to move forward with a lawsuit,” said Nisha Whitehead, assistant to the president at the Rutherford Institute, the nonprofit civil rights firm defending Brandon Raub.
  • City: Christians can't give water to thirsty

    08/12/2012 7:55:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    WND.com ^ | August 10, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Phoenix officials have until next Friday to apologize for the actions of a code enforcement officer after he stopped Christians from giving out water bottles to city festival participants on a day that reached 112 degrees. A legal team that fights for religious and civil rights is also demanding a commitment that the city will no longer interfere with the Christian group’s acts of charity. According to a letter to the city from the Rutherford Institute, the case developed in July during a “First Friday” festival when Dana Crow-Smith was giving “free bottles of cold water to passersby” on the...
  • Charge dismissed in fake hero's case, Valor Act ruled unconstitutional

    07/16/2010 11:24:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 91 replies
    Denver Post ^ | 07/16/2010 | Felisa Cardona
    A federal judge in Denver has ruled the Stolen Valor Act is "facially unconstitutional" because it violates free speech and dismissed the criminal case against Rick Strandlof, a man who lied about being an Iraq war veteran. "The Stolen Valor Act is declared to be facially unconstitutional as a content-based restriction on speech that does not serve a compelling government interest, and consequently that the Act is invalid as violative of the First Amendment," Blackburn wrote in his opinion. Strandlof, 32, was charged with five misdemeanors related to violating the Stolen Valor Act - specifically, making false claims about receiving...
  • Inmate denied access to sermon CDs

    02/10/2010 7:45:11 AM PST · by ZGuy · 9 replies · 418+ views
    OnenewsNow ^ | 2/9/10 | Charlie Butts
    In September 2009, prison inmate Kyle Mabe ordered music and sermon CDs to further his Christian faith. Rutherford Institute founder John Whitehead picks up the story. "The St. Brides Correctional Center, which is a small prison in Chesapeake, Virginia, denied him the right to hear the sermons," he explains. "They said music CDs are okay, but you can't have any sermons." CDs with the spoken word have been banned, which the attorney explains does not align with the U.S. Constitution. The Institute filed suit based on Mabe's First Amendment right to practice his religion, and on previous court rulings. "There...
  • Coach Prohibited from Bowing Head

    03/03/2009 6:37:09 PM PST · by freemike · 35 replies · 1,239+ views
    Rutherford Institute ^ | 3/3/09 | Rutherford Institute
    U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case of Football Coach Prohibited from Bowing Head During Team's Pre-Game Prayer, Lets Stand Prayer Ban WASHINGTON, DC - In a blow to athletic coaches across the country, the United States Supreme Court has refused to weigh in on the question of whether or not high school football coaches have a right to silently bow their heads as a sign of respect while their student players offer a pre-game prayer.
  • Subjecting Teen to Mental Health Test Without Parental Consent

    08/11/2008 3:55:09 PM PDT · by cornelis · 35 replies · 492+ views
    Rutherford Institute ^ | 8/06/2008 | Rutherford Institute
    Teen Screen Lawsuit Advances: Federal Court Affirms Family’s Right to Sue School for Subjecting Teen to Mental Health Test Without Parental Consent SOUTH BEND, Ind.—A federal court has given the green light to a civil rights lawsuit filed by Rutherford Institute attorneys in defense of a 15-year-old Indiana student who was subjected by school officials to a controversial mental health examination without the knowledge or consent of her parents. In ruling that the lawsuit filed on behalf of Chelsea Rhoades and her parents, Teresa and Michael, may proceed to trial, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana...
  • John Whitehead's Radical Turn

    05/11/2007 5:39:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 112 replies · 1,452+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-11-07 | Mark D. Tooley
    The former Christian conservative says Halliburton is building detention centers for American citizens. Long-time religious freedom advocate John Whitehead has taken a sharp left turn on U.S. national security. The founder of the 25 year old Charlottesville, Virginia based Rutherford Institute has long battled secularist attempts to minimize religious expression in public. More controversially, Whitehead helped Paula Jones in her sexual harassment lawsuit against then President Clinton in the 1990’s. Ostensibly, Whitehead was part of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” against which Hillary Clinton inveighed. But Whitehead was always more quixotic than predictable, and his recent commentaries condemn religious conservatives for...
  • School coach can kneel while players pray

    07/27/2006 4:20:35 PM PDT · by Coleus · 36 replies · 775+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.26.06 | JOHN P. MARTIN
    A federal judge ruled yesterday that the East Brunswick High School football coach can bend a knee and bow his head while his players recite pre-game prayers this season, ending a dispute that had mushroomed into a nationally recognized test of the separation of church and state. After nearly two hours of arguments, U.S. District Judge Dennis Cavanaugh sided with the coach, Marcus Borden, declaring "taking a knee" isn't praying and that the Middlesex County school district can't order him to stand still while his players perform a locker room ritual that spans decades. "Tradition plays a part, and the...
  • Rutherford Institute to Defend Brittany McComb and Sue Nevada High School

    06/25/2006 2:33:00 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 50 replies · 2,467+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 25-Jun-06 | John Stephenson
    Via The Rutherford Institute Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have agreed to represent a high school senior whose microphone was unplugged by school officials after she began to speak about her Christian beliefs during her valedictory address. When Foothill High School valedictorian Brittany McComb began reading a speech that contained Bible verses and references to God and her faith in Jesus Christ during her commencement speech on June 15, 2006, officials with the Clark County School District unplugged the microphone. Institute attorneys plan to file a First Amendment lawsuit against the school district for having violated Brittany's constitutional right to...
  • New Guide Offered to Help Churches Stay Politically Involved, Law-Abiding

    03/09/2006 7:14:19 PM PST · by Kuksool · 5 replies · 284+ views
    Agape Press ^ | March 8, 2006 | Allie Martin
    Recently the Internal Revenue Service released a report showing that nearly three quarters of 82 tax-exempt groups investigated during the 2004 elections took part in prohibited political activity. But now, churches and nonprofit organizations have a new resource to help keep them out of trouble with the IRS. The IRS says several of the organizations and churches will probably lose their tax-exempt status, a fact that will very likely affect future contributions to these groups. In an effort to help churches, ministries, and other faith-based institutions avoid such errors, The Rutherford Institute, a Virginia-based civil liberties organization, has issued guidelines...
  • Teacher Sues after Religious Posters Removed from Class

    08/22/2005 2:07:55 PM PDT · by bygrace85 · 10 replies · 705+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 12, 2005 | Melanie Hunter
    A civil liberties group has filed a First Amendment lawsuit against a Virginia school on behalf of a Spanish teacher whose religious-themed posters were removed from his classroom while he was out sick. The Rutherford Institute is representing William Lee, a public school teacher at Tabb High School in Yorktown, Va., and faculty sponsor of an approved Christian club called First Priority. "Academic freedom is a core First Amendment value," said John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, in a statement. "The real question is whether William Lee has the same free speech rights as other teachers." In the beginning...
  • Christian Rock Band Sues Ohio School District That Banned Them From Playing at a Public High School

    02/17/2005 7:17:36 PM PST · by TheOtherOne · 22 replies · 629+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-02-17-05 2206EST
    Christian Rock Band Sues Ohio School District That Banned Them From Playing at a Public High School The Associated Press Published: Feb 17, 2005 TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A Christian rock band banned from playing at a public school assembly filed a federal lawsuit against the suburban Toledo district on Thursday, claiming discrimination and violation of their right to free speech. Rossford High School officials in December canceled the band Pawn's performance at an anti-drug assembly. Board members said they feared a lawsuit if they allowed a religious performance in a public school. School officials declined to comment Thursday on...
  • NJ Justices forbid excluding religious jurors-- rules no one may be barred based on appearance

    12/27/2004 3:29:25 PM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies · 671+ views
    People cannot not be barred from juries solely because their clothing or occupation suggest they are devoutly religious, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The court ruled that an assistant Essex County prosecutor abused his discretion during jury selection when he tossed a man whose attire and prayer cap suggested he was Muslim, and another who said he was a missionary. The prosecutor contended that people who are "demonstrative" about their religions "tend to favor defendants." In a 6-0 decision written by Chief Justice Deborah Poritz, the court noted that followers of certain faiths are readily identifiable by their clothing...
  • Happy holidays? Not for some Christians

    12/24/2004 8:35:00 PM PST · by Coleus · 1,052+ views
    They are Christmas and Chanukah rites in their own cheerless ways, those annual December disputes over what to sing, what to say, and what religious symbols to display in public space.The Maplewood-South Orange school district had its own controversy this month, as its ban on religious songs -- even instrumental versions -- at Columbia High School drew national ridicule, and a federal lawsuit.And in Oklahoma, voters angry at a superintendent who removed a Nativity scene from a school show organized to defeat an $11 million school bond measure.The people objecting are those who feel religion is being driven out...
  • 'Christmas is taboo in America, but now people are fighting back' (77% of US adults are Christians)

    12/18/2004 8:37:56 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 34 replies · 1,131+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | Dec. 19, 2004 | UK Telegraph News
    If you think celebrations in Britain are becoming too politically correct then don't go to the US. Philip Sherwell reports For her son's school "holiday party" last week, Julie West baked a birthday cake for the baby Jesus - a gesture of defiance both against his teachers and the growing campaign in America to remove any trace of Christmas from public life. Six-year-old Aaron had brought home a note from his school, in Washington state, that asked parents to provide food that their family traditionally enjoyed during the holiday season. "He asked for the cake I make at Christmas with...
  • Civil Liberties Group Releases 'Twelve Rules of Christmas' Guidelines

    12/03/2004 2:43:25 AM PST · by kattracks · 19 replies · 2,847+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 12/02/04 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) - A civil liberties organization has published a step-by-step guide to understanding what can and cannot be done to celebrate the holidays in public. The Rutherford Institute's "The Twelve Rules of Christmas" was compiled because of a growing tendency among public schools and government officials to ban references to Christmas or Christianity during the holiday season. "Whether through ignorance or fear, Americans are painfully misguided about the recognition of religious holidays," said John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute. "Every year we hear many complaints from parents about school officials banning any reference to the word 'Christmas.' "There...