June 9th, 2008
03:27 PM ET
7 years ago

Evangelical plans lawsuit over new Obama outreach effort

 The Obama campaign is launching a new evangelical initiative.
The Obama campaign is launching a new evangelical initiative.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A conservative Christian activist is planning to sue Barack Obama’s campaign over the name of its ambitious new program aimed at evangelical and Catholic young people.

Michael Farris, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association, told CNN his lawyers were sending the Obama campaign a cease-and-desist letter Monday afternoon asking them to stop calling the new effort, which debuts in two weeks, the "Joshua Generation Project."

Farris directs “Generation Joshua,” which provided heavy grassroots assistance in key swing states for President Bush’s re-election effort in 2004. He also authored a 2005 book that included the words in its title.

“We endorsed Mike Huckabee for president, so we’re not politically aligned with Obama,” said Farris. “But even if we were politically aligned with Obama, we wouldn’t want him using our name.”

The name in question is drawn from the biblical account of how Joshua’s generation, which followed the one that fled Egypt with Moses, led the Israelites into the Promised Land. Obama referenced the story in a speech last year.

There are several ministries that use some variation on the name.

The Obama campaign’s effort, first reported by CBN’s David Brody, will include blogs, concerts, and house parties. It has yet to be officially unveiled.

The campaign has not yet responded to a CNN request for comment.


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  1. Casey

    How like Right-Wing Christians to feel they "own" Bible references. Well, why not? They've co-opted everything else related to Jesus. Nevermind that it was all a bunch of old men who cherry-picked gospel to put together a misogynistic legal document to build their own wealth through fear and intimidation.

    Oh, wait... that's the BUSH administration. Sorry.

    June 9, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Eva

    Is this a 16th Century supporting a religious acquisition?

    June 9, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Casey in Ca.

    How like Right-Wing Christians to feel they "own" Bible references. Well, why not? They've co-opted everything else related to Jesus.

    Nevermind that it was all a bunch of old men who cherry-picked the truth to put together a misogynistic document to build their own wealth through fear and intimidation.

    Oh, wait… that's the BUSH administration. Sorry.

    June 9, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    They better have their t's crossed and the i's dotted if they go after a guy like Obama. He is not some low IQ'd brat from Texas. If they haven't taken the time to do all the copy right stuff Obama will eat them for lunch.

    June 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. Michael Cowan

    Obama to Evangelicals. Thanks for the free publicity!

    June 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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