Fight for your freedom and rights

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon — December 31, 2009

December 31, 2009 // 0 Comments

  Fight for your freedom, rights A good friend of mine, Al Kraker, recently gave me a book authored by John W. Whitehead, executive director of the Rutherford Institute, entitled “Stand and Fight.” Whitehead, a constitutional attorney, founded the Rutherford Institute in 1982 with the mission of specializing in cases that involve the curtailment of American’s religious freedoms and civil liberties. This is a complicated area. What one person perceives as a curtailment of his religious freedom is perceived by another person as a violation of his civil rights. For example, there are 100 people in attendance at a banquet; 60 are Christians, 15 are members of various other religious organizations, 23 don’t practice any religion, and two are agnostics. The speaker is a Christian and, as is his custom, says an invocation before the meal, asking God to bless the food and bless the activities of the evening. The 60 Christians are okay with that, and 30 of the remaining 40 are also okay with that, but that leaves 10 people who are offended by this gesture of seeming goodwill. Of such things, in today’s litigious society, court cases are made. One of the 10 offended people is so deeply offended that he sues the organization sponsoring the banquet to stop this outrageous activity of seeming goodwill. The next time a banquet is held at that place, when the speaker starts to say an invocation, he is told he can’t do that because they were sued the last time it happened. The speaker can’t say an invocation even though 90 people, the overwhelming majority, favored the invocation. When one person overrules 90, the tail is wagging the dog, so to speak. Of such things, more court cases are made. This is where the Rutherford Institute might step in and offer to defend the speaker’s right to say an invocation. The book details many such cases going on right now throughout the country. All of them are difficult. I heard a speaker one time say, “My name is not Solomon. I just do the best that I can.” I like that saying. Well, none of the judges deciding these difficult cases are named Solomon either, but let’s hope they are doing the best they can […]