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FRONT PAGE  |  5/9/2021
MONDAY, JUL 13, 2015  |  19 comments
Police Threatening Man Displaying a 'John 3:16' Sign

Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed a First Amendment lawsuit against police officers who allegedly intimidated and threatened to arrest a man who was lawfully and peacefully exercising his First Amendment rights prior to a Giants v. Dodgers game by holding up a “John 3:16” religious sign in the public plaza in front of the San Francisco Giants ballpark.

In filing suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of Gino Emmerich, Rutherford Institute attorneys charge that police officers violated Emmerich’s right to free speech and assembly when they forcefully removed him from Willie Mays Plaza, surrounded him and threatened him with arrest if he did not cease displaying his “John 3:16” sign. Institute attorneys point out that Emmerich was in no way causing a disruption in the plaza, the baseball stadium known as “AT&T Park,” or any other business or ...


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News Item7/16/15 11:47 PM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  Find all comments by Jessica Dawson
"If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain."

— James 1:26 King James Version (KJV)

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

— James 1:27 King James Version (KJV)

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News Item7/16/15 8:05 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Rodney K. wrote:
Dear Bro. Mike,
I don't want to split hairs, but Christ did not come to rid the earth of religion. He came to bring true religion. The Bible clearly teaches that there is both true and false religion (James 1:26,27).
Point taken, Rodney.
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News Item7/15/15 10:36 PM
Rodney K. | Tennessee  Contact via emailFind all comments by Rodney K.
Mike wrote:
Religions are inventions of men as a way to work out a way of finding whatever god they have invented. Jesus didn't come to Earth make another religion, but to rid the Earth of religion and present himself as God reaching down to man to save man from religion and other forms of idolatry.
Dear Bro. Mike,
I don't want to split hairs, but Christ did not come to rid the earth of religion. He came to bring true religion. The Bible clearly teaches that there is both true and false religion (James 1:26,27).
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News Item7/14/15 12:26 PM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
I would probably choose the word "faith". When a person claims to be religious, they are pretty much always referring to the things they do and how faithful they are in attending church and following the rules, etc. When I hear a person say that they are very religious, I put them in a particular group that means something other than being a faithful servant of the Most High.
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News Item7/14/15 11:14 AM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Mike wrote:
Religions are inventions of men as a way to work out a way of finding whatever god they have invented. Jesus didn't come to Earth make another religion, but to rid the Earth of religion and present himself as God reaching down to man to save man from religion and other forms of idolatry.
Christianity is a religion founded by Jesus.
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News Item7/14/15 1:15 AM
Shane | Socal  Find all comments by Shane
Mike from new York,

You speak the truth. Thank you for that.

Religion causes weariness. Those who worship the Father, worship him in spirit and truth.

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News Item7/13/15 6:22 PM
Dave | oz  Find all comments by Dave
The bible is God's word.
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News Item7/13/15 4:04 PM
James Thomas | Florida  Find all comments by James Thomas
If the pilgrims were on a ship and landed at Plymouth Rock today....they would load back up on the boat to look for the land in which they could have freedom of speech, religion, and all the other freedoms.....

It would make for a great cartoon illustrating the reality of the world today.

They will be offended by the cross!

1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV)
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

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News Item7/13/15 3:35 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
John Yurich USA wrote:
John 3:16 is not a religious verse? It comes from the Bible does it not? The Bible is the Christian religious book. So every verse in the Bible is a religious verse.
Religions are inventions of men as a way to work out a way of finding whatever god they have invented. Jesus didn't come to Earth make another religion, but to rid the Earth of religion and present himself as God reaching down to man to save man from religion and other forms of idolatry.
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News Item7/13/15 12:13 PM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
The condition of the human heart is truly exasperating.

On facing it the Lord once exclaimed:
“Whereunto … shall I liken the men of this generation?
and to what are they like?
They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace,
and calling one to another, and saying,
We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced;
we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine;
and ye say, He has a devil.
The Son of man is come eating and drinking;
and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man,
and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
Luke 7: 31-34

It does not matter how religious ‘John 3:16’ might appear or not, because unreasonableness prevails in fallen man:

“If a wise man contends with a foolish man,
whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.” Pro. 29:9

“The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God:”

“This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light,” Joh. 3:19

“when (the) eye is evil, (the) body also is full of darkness.”
Lk. 11:34

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News Item7/13/15 11:07 AM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Mike wrote:
John 3:16 isn't a religious verse, neither therefore can a sign with "John 3:16" on it be religious. Will we ever cease from allowing others to define or redefine things, then flail about fighting the results?
John 3:16 is not a religious verse? It comes from the Bible does it not? The Bible is the Christian religious book. So every verse in the Bible is a religious verse.
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News Item7/13/15 10:40 AM
s c | Oh  Find all comments by s c
So...it will be interesting to see how many religious gestures and such are on display on the field. Maybe the guy needs to be a pro to get away with it...or maybe even secular society grasps the distinction. One isn't for self promotion and the other seems to be.
Let's face it...does God only let the "Christian" athletes win games? If so,how does that play out when there are opposing teams with such on them and only 1 team can win?Did the loosing team have the more carnal Christian on it?
Pro sports is all about exalting men/women. Maybe that's why any compromise that goes along with it is never addressed or is so easily overlooked.
It's easy to use any platform to further ones own agenda if one does so "in the name of Christ". We all need to be careful of the "pride of life" that so easily ensnares us.
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News Item7/13/15 9:48 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
John 3:16 isn't a religious verse, neither therefore can a sign with "John 3:16" on it be religious. Will we ever cease from allowing others to define or redefine things, then flail about fighting the results?
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News Item7/13/15 8:41 AM
Dave | oz  Find all comments by Dave
I meant that in reply to john UK from Wales.
And yes Christopher 000
Every one seems to have the right to free and very hateful speech yet john 3:16 offends.
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News Item7/13/15 7:54 AM
Dave | oz  Find all comments by Dave
I hope so brother
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News Item7/13/15 7:54 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
"Emmerich was allegedly warned by the producer that if he showed his sign, he would be arrested based upon the fact that he was known to the producer as one who displays religious signage"

I can't really figure out if the sign itself was the issue, or him wanting to stand with it in the cameras line of sight. Either way, I'm fairly certain that if anyone else was holding a non-Christian sign, say, like a Muslim, there might not even be a story. A Muslim could have probably stood there with a sign that read, "Death to America", or a sodomite with some diagusting slogan and they wouldn't have been touched.

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News Item7/13/15 6:08 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Once again, it will be interesting how this lawsuit turns out. Personally, I think the PD will have to back down before it happens, shamefacedly.
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News Item7/13/15 1:14 AM
Wayfairer pilgrim | Lubbock,tx  Find all comments by Wayfairer pilgrim
Perhaps instead of old glory gone bye, we should make flags of scriptures. " if you hold that sign up, we'll arrest you" Police are either taking target practice on running men of color or arresting sign holders. Lovely.
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News Item7/13/15 12:52 AM
Dave | oz  Find all comments by Dave
Shocking, almost unbelievable most certainly a sign of the times.
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