New Hampshire Snatches Baby, Father Accused of Membership in Oath Keepers

State to be challenged over politics in snatched-baby case'Law that targets people for speech and association is unconstitutional' Posted: October 11, 2010 8:10 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh © 2010 WorldNetDaily

Officials for an organization that promises its members will fulfill their sworn oaths to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies – in or out of the United States – say a New Hampshire court's decision to make an abuse case defendant's political affiliation part of the accusations sends a seriously troubling message.

"The use of a father's political association and his gun ownership is also important to many other Americans who don't even associate with Oath Keepers because what happens in this case can impact the free speech and association rights of all of us, across the nation, of whatever political or social orientation," said Stewart Rhodes, chief of Oath Keepers on his website.

"And that is why we must stand firm, now," he said.

"Whether it is a criminal or a civil proceeding, the political affiliations of the accused are both irrelevant and prejudicial. For example, if I had a criminal defense client accused of beating his wife, what relevance would his NRA membership have to the question of whether he beat his wife?" questioned Rhodes.

"And what relevance would there be if he were a tea party member, or belonged to a 912 group, or was a member of Rush Limbaugh fan club, or a member of Glen Beck's 'Insider Extreme' which includes a message board? Or what if he were a member of the ACLU, or Answer, or ACORN, or Code Pink, etc.? What relevance would any such associations have to the question of whether he assaulted his wife? The political associations of the accused in a child endangerment case are no less irrelevant to the question of whether [the father] or the mother are guilty or whether the child is endangered," Rhodes said.

WND previously reported on the case when a newborn baby was snatched from her parents by authorities in Concord, N.H., after social services workers listed a series of allegations, including that the father is a part of Oath Keepers.

The father, Johnathon Irish, told WND that the affidavit signed by Child Protective Service worker Dana Bickford seeking government custody of newborn Cheyenne said the agency "became aware and confirmed that Mr. Irish associated with a militia known as the 'Oath Keepers.'"