"Last year, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed and said Lamparello was free to operate his 'gripe site' about Falwell's views on gays at http://www.fallwell.com. Lamparello 'clearly created his Web site intending only to provide a forum to criticize ideas, not to steal customers,' the court said.
The Supreme Court has now refused to take Falwell’s appeal of that ruling.
Falwell's Web site, http://www.falwell.com, is more high-tech, with pictures of the minister and sales material for books and videos."
But to cricticise Falwell's ideas IS to steal his customers!
Or if we cannot take that as a given, we can certainly take the suit itself as validation of that assumption.
The problem with Falwell's ideas is they they cannot compete in a free marketplace of ideas - hence his continued attacks on critics. And the very wry observation on the part of the court, in a very narrow response to the issue indicates the Court was reacting to this as if it were, indeed, nothing more or less than a squabble between a pervayor of a substandard commercial product and a consumer critic.
It has long since ceased to amaze me that folks like Falwell cannot imagine how their rightious defence of The Faith are seen in such cynical illumination.
TRBC Church ConstructionOh, right. I remember now. BTW does anyone know What Would Jesus Charge?
Construction is in full-swing on the new, state of the art sanctuary–the final piece of a nearly 1,000,000 square ft. church facility. So far the construction is on track and we are looking forward to moving Thomas Road Baptist Church to the new facility on Sunday, July 2nd.
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