Homeland Security Raid of Religious Tracts Violates Fourth Amendment

Apr 1, 2010

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Yesterday a federal district court in Dallas, Texas ruled that agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) violated the Fourth Amendment rights of Darrel Rundus when they confiscated his "Million Dollar Bill" gospel tracts.

The judge ruled that DHS violated the Fourth Amendment guarantee against unlawful search and seizure. The ruling contains harsh language against the DHS agents, stating their behavior was inappropriate and they violated the rights of Rundus.

Liberty Counsel represents Rundus and his Christian ministry, Great News Network (GNC). In June 2006, DHS agents entered GNN’s office without a warrant or permission, and threatened an employee with arrest to pressure him into giving up the gospel tracts, which the agents referred to as "contraband."

The front of the tract has markings similar to paper currency, but no one would ever get the tracts confused with real money. The front is printed with: "This bill is not legal tender," "Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Department of Eternal Affairs." The back has statements such as, "The million dollar question: Will you go to Heaven?" The tract then contains the story of salvation written around all four sides. Rundus says that the tracts are extremely effective in sharing his faith with others.

We are grateful to God for this tremendous victory.  All of us at Liberty Counsel want to continue to help people like Darrel Rundus reach others with the gospel. We do not charge for our services, but rely on your faithful donations

Read the Court Opinion in this case.

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