Will Johnson Amendment Repeal Put Politics in the Pulpit?

May 8, 2017  by  Bob Adelmann   According to the Wall Street Journal, repeal of the Johnson Amendment isn’t likely to have much impact on preaching from the pulpit, and it could instead cause problems. Writer Ian Lovett wrote that lifting the ban “could cause problems for houses of worship … creating fault lines in … More Will Johnson Amendment Repeal Put Politics in the Pulpit?

Constitutional Q&A: Rules of Engagement for Interacting with Police

  January 12, 2017 © 2017 The Rutherford Institute[1] In an age of militarized police often trained to view the citizenry as enemy combatants and equipped with weaponry and gear better suited for the battlefield, the perils of exercising one’s constitutional rights grow more costly with each passing day. For example: Zachary Noel was tasered by … More Constitutional Q&A: Rules of Engagement for Interacting with Police

Constitutional Q&A: Helping the Homeless

December 21, 2016 For those who are homeless, finding a warm place to shelter during frigid winter temperatures often becomes a matter of survival. Unfortunately, charitable efforts to provide shelter and food to the homeless, especially during the winter, are often thwarted by local governments through the use of zoning laws that restrict or prohibit … More Constitutional Q&A: Helping the Homeless

Constitutional Q&A: The Twelve Rules of Christmas

November 30, 2016 Over the years, The Rutherford Institute has been contacted by parents and teachers alike concerned about schools changing their Christmas concerts to “winter holiday programs” and renaming Christmas “winter festival” or canceling holiday celebrations altogether to avoid offending those who do not celebrate the various holidays. In one incident, a public school 6th-grade … More Constitutional Q&A: The Twelve Rules of Christmas

AT&T Profiting From Data Mining for Government

Oct 27, 2016  by  Michael Tennant   In 2013, Americans learned that AT&T had been providing data about countless telephone calls to federal drug agents without proper search warrants as part of a secret program called Project Hemisphere. Now it emerges that the telecommunications giant is not just eagerly cooperating with the government but also … More AT&T Profiting From Data Mining for Government

Mass. Law May Force Churches to Comply With Transgender Bathroom Policies

Sept 7, 2016 by  Raven Clabough   A new Massachusetts law may force churches to comply with controversial transgender bathroom policies, according to guidance issued by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, responsible for enforcing the state’s anti-discrimination laws. The guidance suggests that the state’s recently passed amendment allowing “gender identity” protections under its anti-discrimination law can … More Mass. Law May Force Churches to Comply With Transgender Bathroom Policies

‘We the Prisoners’: The Demise of the Fourth Amendment

June 28, 2016 By John W. Whitehead “Our carceral state banishes American citizens to a gray wasteland far beyond the promises and protections the government grants its other citizens… When the doors finally close and one finds oneself facing banishment to the carceral state—the years, the walls, the rules, the guards, the inmates—reactions vary. Some experience an intense … More ‘We the Prisoners’: The Demise of the Fourth Amendment

Hawaii Set to Be First State to Add Gun Owners’ Personal Data to Federal Registry

May 25, 2016 by  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.   Gun owners in Hawaii may soon find their names uploaded to a federal registry of firearms owners maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In a story reported by the Associated Press (AP), anyone in Hawaii owning a weapon could soon have their names and other … More Hawaii Set to Be First State to Add Gun Owners’ Personal Data to Federal Registry

Facebook Filtering Users’ Timelines Stokes Concerns of Censorship and Data-Mining

April 27, 2016   Facebook has a long and checkered past concerning the way the company decides what a user sees in his or her timeline. Now, the social media giant is changing the formula again, and this time it will impact whether or not users will see articles shared by their friends. The method … More Facebook Filtering Users’ Timelines Stokes Concerns of Censorship and Data-Mining

‘SECRET POLICE’ PLAN CALLED ‘UNPRECEDENTED’

‘Officers could be effectively immunized from wrongdoing and able to act with impunity’   A prominent civil-rights organization is protesting a Virginia state bill that would create a “secret police” force allowing officers to be “effectively immunized from wrongdoing and able to act with impunity.” The Rutherford Institute dispatched a letter Wednesday to James LeMunyon, … More ‘SECRET POLICE’ PLAN CALLED ‘UNPRECEDENTED’