Monday, June 11, 2012

Young people are our last chance for freedom. Help us empower them to be freedom fighters.

Dear Friend,

The world around us is a horrible mess, and this next generation is not going to have an easy time navigating it.

Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people. They will find themselves overtaxed and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden economy on the brink of implosion. Their privacy will continually be violated by the emerging surveillance state. They will be the subjects of a military empire constantly waging war against shadowy enemies and on guard against domestic acts of terrorism, blowback against our military occupations in foreign lands. And they will find that government no longer exists to serve them but to be served by them.

Unfortunately, we who should have known better failed to guard against such a future. Worse, we neglected to provide our young people with the tools necessary to survive, let alone succeed, in the impersonal jungle that is modern civilization.

We brought them into homes fractured by divorce, distracted by mindless entertainment, and obsessed with the pursuit of materialism. We institutionalized them in daycares and afterschool programs, substituting time with teachers and childcare workers for parental involvement. We turned them into test-takers instead of thinkers and automatons instead of activists. We allowed them to languish in schools which not only often look like prisons but function like prisons, as well—where conformity is the rule and freedom is the exception. We made them easy prey for our corporate overlords, while instilling in them the values of a celebrity-obsessed, technology-driven, Godless culture. And we taught them to believe that the pursuit of their own personal happiness trumped all other virtues.

All is not lost, however. Not yet, at least. Faced with adversity, this generation could very well rise to meet the grave challenges before them, bringing about positive change for our times and maintaining our freedoms, as well. Unless we can manage to turn things around soon, these young people may well be the last generation to truly know what freedom is all about.

That’s why it is so critical that we make sure these young people understand what freedom is all about. They’re certainly not going to learn about it in school. We must also equip them with the tools necessary to fight for freedom in the future and show them by example what it means to stand and fight for what you believe in.

The Rutherford Institute is doing its part. Each summer, we dedicate ten weeks to training future freedom fighters about their rights and how best to defend those rights when they are threatened or violated. We’ve got more than 20 students training with us this summer from top schools across the country, and I have great hopes for them. But there is still so much work to be done if we are to continue to fight these faith and freedom battles and train more Americans to be freedom fighters in an age of oppression.

Won’t you please take a moment to show your support of our critical legal cases and educational outreach efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to The Rutherford Institute today?

From the front lines of the fight for freedom in America, I remain,

Yours faithfully,

John W. Whitehead

P.S. As we prepare to close out our books for the fiscal year ending on June 30, we are still more than $500,000 short of balancing the budget. Please take a moment right now to send in a tax-deductible donation in support of our much-needed legal and educational programs.

The Rutherford Institute
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Phone: 434-978-3888
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Under the regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service, The Rutherford Institute is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to support The Rutherford Institute's legal and educational work help to safeguard the constitutional rights and religious freedoms of all Americans. Donations are tax-deductible. In compliance with general industry standards of a nonprofit organization, the Institute is audited annually by an independent accounting firm.

Founded in 1982 by constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute is a civil liberties organization that provides free legal services to people whose constitutional and human rights have been threatened or violated.

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