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5/1/06

Falwell, Fallwell

Legal Briefs (Gay)
Supreme Court won’t hear Falwell’s appeal against gay man
Friday, April 28, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on April 17 declined to accept Rev. Jerry Falwell’s appeal of a case that sought to shut down a website with a similar name but opposite views. Falwell claimed that a gay New York man improperly draws people to a site by using a common misspelling of the minister’s name as the site’s domain name. A federal judge sided with Falwell, who runs a Virginia-based ministries, on grounds that Christopher Lamparello’s domain name was nearly identical to the trademark bearing Falwell’s name and could confuse web surfers. 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 www.fallwell.com. Lamparello "clearly created his website intending only to provide a forum to criticize ideas, not to steal customers," the court said. The Jerry Falwell Ministries site is www.falwell.com.
You are allowed to create parodies and opposing view websites on similar domain names. Freedom of speech allows for that.
Lamparello says Falwell is wrong for preaching that gay people are sinners who can change their sexual orientation. Three years ago, an Illinois man surrendered the domain names jerryfalwell.com and jerryfallwell.com after Falwell threatened to sue for trademark infringement.
Romans: 1:26 and 27 "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

So about the part where he says Falwell is wrong, well only if you think the bible is wrong.

More things that just piss me off

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