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.