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Sunday, December 05, 2004

They're Fortunate The Word "Gay" Only Has Three Letters

Is it Christopher Lamparello's fault religious fundamentalists can't spell?

He runs a web site at www.fallwell.com that criticizes Jerry Falwell's anti-gay messages. Falwell sued to stop him from using the domain name, contending it confuses viewers who intend to find Falwell's web site. Lamparello's site includes a prominent disclaimer that reads, "This web site is not affiliated with Jerry Falwell Ministries." Even so, this August a judge ruled in favor of the televangelist.

Falwell says Lamparello "is hostile to the message of the Gospel." Lamparello's eloquent response? "What the good Reverend needs to understand is that disagreeing with him is not tantamount to disagreeing with God."

Amen.

Lamparello will be filing an appeal. I'm contacting him to send him a donation to defray his legal costs and encourage his efforts. I hope you'll consider doing the same. Contact him here.
FallwellComments@aol.com

In the meantime, perhaps we all should get together and work to rename the gay community. If gay people became known as something more verbose and multi-syllabic, it would more than likely completely thwart the fundamentalists, who would have to look for another group to attack that's easier for them to spell.

Falwell Wins Lawsuit Against Gay Activist Web Site with Similar Name

RICHMOND, Va. -- A judge has ruled that a gay activist must stop using a variation of the Reverend Jerry Falwell's name in the address for a Web site that criticizes the outspoken minister.

Federal Judge Claude Hilton said the domain name for the site -- fallwell-dot-com with an extra "l" -- is nearly identical to the registered trademark "Jerry Falwell" and is meant to confuse Web surfers. Hilton said the site's operator, Christopher Lamparello, intended to divert people from the Jerry Falwell Ministries' Web site "with the direct intent to tarnish or disparage" Falwell.

Read the entire article here --> http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp?S=2157497

Find Lamparello's site here (at least for the time-being) --> http://www.fallwell.com
Read Lamparello's response to the lawsuit here --> http://www.fallwell.com/lawsuit.html

Also, don't miss Lamparello's direct message to Falwell, in which he compares the God in which he believes with Falwell's -- which would you choose? Link: The Wrong Kind of God http://www.fallwell.com/newsRESPONSE.html

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