Thursday, June 10, 2010

Virginia Fifth District Race- #1843 - The Rutherford Institute Calls on Tom Perriello to Champion The Right of Tea Party Activists and Others to Peacefully Protest Outside His Charlottesville Office - Rutherford Institute



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.— John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, is calling on Congressman Tom Perriello to lend his full support to constituents belonging to the Jefferson Area Tea Party and the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice (CCPJ). These organizations plan to exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly on June 14 and June 16, respectively, by protesting in front of Perriello's Charlottesville office. In his letter to Perriello, Whitehead urges the congressman to contact Lisa Murphy, his landlord at the Glass Building, in order to voice his "support for these upcoming exercises in freedom and request that neither group's protest be threatened or disrupted by police. "As the Supreme Court has noted, although the First Amendment is often inconvenient, that does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech. I would go one step further to say that the government not only has an obligation to tolerate speech but to champion it," stated Whitehead. "The ideals of the First Amendment are not served when citizens have their right to speak and demonstrate restricted to designated locations such as public sidewalks remote from their congressman's office. Thus, offering to have staffers meet with protesters at a remote location is not an acceptable compromise."  Read more........

A copy of The Rutherford Institute's letter to Tom Perriello is available here..........

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