Category: Commentary

FOIA setback is the fault of the Virginia legislature

Editorial Opinion – Virginia FOIA By Andrew T. Bodoh, Esq. (Author of Virginian’s Guide to FOIA) 9/22/2015 –  If we wish to restore reasonableness to FOIA, we must persuade the General Assembly to mandate redaction and release of public government records.  Thomas Jefferson explained the importance of access to government, stating “The information of the people Read More …

Isaac Roberts, 2015 law clerk, explains that the US Supreme Court has usurped from citizens the democratic process for amending the Constitution

Isaac Roberts, a 2015 summer law clerk for the law firm explains that the process for amending the Constitution by deliberate action of the people of the 50 United States has been usurped by the United States Supreme Court.  This assignment was written by Isaac Roberts as a home work assignment for James River High Read More …

Constitutional Free Speech in Public Schools

Jonathan Arthur, a Civil Rights Attorney with Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC in Richmond Virginia, grew up in Montgomery County, Virginia.   For nearly 30 years the law firm has been defending the Constitutional rights of citizens.  Attorney Arthur is concerned with the violation of the free speech of students at Christiansburg High School – Read More …

Rights of parents to religious training of their children in intra-parental custody-visitation disputes.

How should courts deal with religious differences of parents and its impact upon the upbringing of children in the context of an intra-parental custody-visitation disputes? The constitutional rights of parents to raise their children includes the right to provide to them religious training.  This fundamental right becomes more difficult to apply when parents disagree. First, Read More …

First Amendment protects the free-exercise rights of owners of businesses.

OWNERS OF CLOSELY HELD BUSINESSES DO NOT GIVE UP THEIR RIGHTS TO CONDUCT THEIR BUSINESSES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND CONSCIENCE BY ENGAGING IN COMMERCE! In a recent 2014 attack on liberties protected by the U.S. Constitutional the New York State Division of Human Rights fined Cynthia and Robert Gifford’s Liberty Ridge Farm, a business Read More …

Governor of Virginia vetos clarifying legislation regarding religious freedom in schools.

Your freedoms are at risk where people attempt to supplant “Freedom of Religion” with “Freedom from Religion” On March 7, 2014, Governor McAuliffe vetoed the Virginia legislature’s amendments to § 22.1-203.1 and 22.1-203.3 of the Virginia Code, claiming that such amendments are not necessary, however, his explanation demonstrates the very need for the legislation. The legislature Read More …

Freedom Works

Freedom Works Commentary by Thomas H. Roberts, Esq. Founder of Freedom Works Foundation The United States of America was founded upon the ideal of Freedom. What is the origin of Freedom?  Adopted unanimously by the thirteen colonies July 4, 1776, the founders of this country declared: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men Read More …