‘Christmas’ Was Nearly Canceled In This Small Town After An Atheist Activist’s Threat — But Here’s How People Rallied To Save An Annual Celebration

Transforming America’s Schools into Authoritarian Instruments of Compliance | John Whitehead at Rutherford Institute

    John Whitehead at Rutherford Institute: We are living in an era where every personal decision, such as where to work, where to shop, where to play, who to love, who to befriend, who to worship, what to believe, and what to say, is open to scrutiny by government officials and corporate managers. It’s a poisonous mentality for those hoping to preserve democracy, and it’s being foisted upon our children, whether in the form of bureaucrats fashioning one-size-fits-all educational standards, or police officers investigating innocent activities such as children playing in the street as possible crimes. This situation will only get worse as our children are taught to accept the police state as normal.


  • Posted: 10/08/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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The Age of Authoritarianism: Government of the Politicians, by the Military, for the Corporations | John W. Whitehead at the Rutherford Institute

    John W. Whitehead at the Rutherford Institute: We have indeed reached a crossroads. History may show that from this point forward, we will have left behind any semblance of constitutional government and entered into a militaristic state where all citizens are suspects and security trumps freedom. Certainly, this is a time when government officials operate off their own inscrutable, self-serving playbook with little in the way of checks and balances, while American citizens are subjected to all manner of indignities and violations with little hope of defending themselves. We have moved beyond the era of representative government and entered a new age, let’s call it the age of authoritarianism.


  • Posted: 05/31/2013
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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Court temporarily halts Texas school’s student RFID chip requirement

TX: Student Expelled for Refusing Location Tracking RFID Badge

America’s Schools: Breeding Grounds for Compliant Citizens | John Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute

    John Whitehead at the Rutherford Institute: [P]ublic school reform is now justified in the dehumanizing language of national security, which increasingly legitimates the transformation of schools into adjuncts of the surveillance and police state… students are increasingly subjected to disciplinary apparatuses which limit their capacity for critical thinking, mold them into consumers, test them into submission, strip them of any sense of social responsibility and convince large numbers of poor minority students that they are better off under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system than by being valued members of the public schools.”—Professor Henry Giroux


  • Posted: 10/16/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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AZ: Valley woman told she could not hand out free bottled water in summer heat

John W. Whitehead: “There Is Nothing Constitutional About State-Mandated Transvaginal Ultrasounds”

VA correcting a wrong re: home schoolers

Nativity scene at GCT Primary continues to stir controversy | ParaGouldDailyPress.com

Constitutional experts: pro-life ‘terrorists’ could be permanently detained without trial under law

He ‘dared to question’ evolution

OK: Suit Seeks Religious Exemption From Drivers License Biometric Photo

John Whitehead: Constitution Day: Is the Constitution on Life Support?

Suppression of free speech ‘all over the country’

MA: Mother outraged after middle school children forced to take ‘oral sex’ survey

Conservative Trial Lawyers Use Lawsuits to Protect Free Speech, Religious Freedom, & Property Rights

VA: Challenge To Zoning Denial By Interfaith Retreat Center Can Move Ahead

Religious material a no-no on school playgrounds

Parents Under Siege in Global Battle Against State Control of Children

Rutherford Institute sues Dept. of Homeland Security and TSA over scanners

    The Rutherford Institute: (links to the complaint) “In a case involving the continuing encroachment of modern technology upon personal privacy, The Rutherford Institute has filed a Fourth Amendment lawsuit in federal court against Janet Napolitano, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), on behalf of two airline pilots who refused to submit to airport security screening which relies on advanced imaging technology that exposes intimate details of a person’s body to government agents.”


  • Posted: 11/16/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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VA: Evangelist sues challenging city’s noise ordinance

High Court seen snubbing religious-expression cases

The Rutherford Institute to represent pilot who refused virtual strip search

SC: Suit Says County Sign Control Ordinance Is Unconstitutional

VA: Rutherford Institute warns middle school principal against creating hostile workplace environment towards religion, FCA club

    Rutherford Institute: “In a letter to Don Curtis, the principal of Wilson Middle School in Fishersville, Va., John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, warns the school administrator against creating a hostile workplace environment towards religion and discriminating against religious student groups such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Several members of the community asked the Institute to intervene after Curtis emailed teachers advising them that they could be subject to termination proceedings should they assist students in forming an FCA club at their school.”


  • Posted: 09/02/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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Scholars: Westboro message at Marine’s funeral offensive, but protected

Groups support Forsyth in prayer appeal

Rutherford argues council prayers constitutional

Free religious speech for students in school?

U.S. Supreme Court will consider First Amendment rights of Christian club

TN: Cheatham County seminar will focus on teachers’ religious rights

John Whitehead: “The Right Not To Be Offended: The Supreme Court And Religion”

Delaware: Ruling in prayer suit could have wide reach

Rutherford Institute urges Supreme Court to restore Christian student group’s access to university campus

Va. lawmaker targets police prayer policy

Rutherford Institute asks U.S. Supreme Court to Protect student artistic expression, reverse ban on instrumental performance of “Ave Maria”

Calling for Common Sense About Christmas, Rutherford Institute Issues Legal Guidelines for Celebrating Christmas in Public, at School or Work

John W. Whitehead Calls For Sweeping Changes To The U.S. Supreme Court And Far-Reaching Revisions To The Confirmation Process

The Horrors of Sexual Trafficking, American-Style

Rutherford Institute, others: Virginia Jail Ban On Biblical Passages Unconstitutional

Rutherford Institute Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Free Speech Case of High School Valedictorian Censored, Silenced for Referencing Christ

Rutherford Institute Files Free Speech Lawsuit: Valedictorian Ordered To Strip References To God From Speech, Prevented From Participating In Graduation

Christian Ministry Challenges Oklahoma Prison Rules

The Rutherford Institute Wins Court Victory for West Virginia Constitution Party’s Right to Circulate Petitions at a State Park

Rutherford Institute Attorneys Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court on Behalf of Street Preacher Arrested While Peacefully Preaching

Ted Olsen: Can a display be government speech without the government actually endorsing the message?

Virginia: Groups Prepare to Sue Over Poll Place Clothing Ban

Rutherford asks U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Councilman’s right to pray ‘In Jesus’ Name’

“Calling for Common Sense About Christmas, Rutherford Institute Issues Legal Guidelines for Celebrating Christmas in Public, at School or Work”

Free Speech Coalition against International Blasphemy laws announced

Rutherford Institute: Mass. School Agrees to Protect Conservative Student Expression

Rutherford Institute Sues in defense of Christian fired for opposing diversity training

Iowa: Ex-employee sues Rockwell, claims religious discrimination over diversity document

Rutherford Institute Intervenes After School Officials Allegedly Order Students to Cease Wearing ‘Virginity Rocks’ Abstinence T-Shirts

Rutherford Attorneys Ask Appeals Court to Re-Visit Case of Football Coach Prohibited from Bowing Head During Team’s Pre-Game Prayer

8th Circuit: Does RFRA protect sacramental marijuana use?

John Whitehead: “Chinese-Christians Are Paying a High Price for the Olympics”

Delaware: Prison worker told to lose Bible

4th Circuit: Rutherford defends right to pray in Jesus’ name

Rutherford & ACLU Defend Jewish Detective