July 7th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Conservative group drops plans to sue Obama team

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

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A conservative Christian activist group said Monday that it is dropping plans to sue Barack Obama’s presidential campaign over the name of its new program aimed at courting evangelical and Catholic young people because the campaign has told them it will re-name the initiative.

The Obama campaign did not immediately confirm the move.

The Home School Legal Defense Association, which launched grassroots group “Generation Joshua” in 2004, sent the Obama campaign a cease-and-desist letter last month over the decision to call its own outreach effort to evangelical young people - which includes blogs, concerts, and house parties - the "Joshua Generation Project."

“Generation Joshua” provided heavy grassroots assistance in key swing states for President Bush’s re-election effort last cycle. Founder and conservative activist Michael Farris also authored a 2005 book that included the words in its title.

“We’re pleased the Obama campaign has acknowledged our trademark rights,” Farris said in a statement released Monday.

The name 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 2007 speech.


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  1. Independent mind

    How can you trademark a biblical concept? The name isn't even the same! I guess I better not name my son Joshua, the so-called Christians could sue me!

    July 7, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Rise America Rise

    So the Christian group took the name from the bible and now claim that nobody else can use it? If I were God, I would file an copyright infringement against the Christian group.

    July 7, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. rohn KC,MO

    I'd expect more from so-called "Christians". Christ is love! I'm a Christian and wouldn't think of something so repulsive! Don't worry Obama; you've got REAL Christians praying for you!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    July 7, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Joshua. Wasn't he the guy who made the sun and the moon stand still in the tenth chapter of the book named after him? Let's tell the whole story, however improbable.

    July 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Just wondering

    Do you think that if Jesus came out in support of John McCain, he would be crucified again?

    July 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Independent in Iowa

    Stay AWAY from the Christrian "wrong", Obama. Religion has no place in our government.

    July 7, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Winston

    Pretty sad that a Christian organization has to even think about suing another person or group over using a biblical phrase that embraces leading the lost to Christ.

    July 7, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Bulldog

    What is McCain's program called? Oh that's right, he doesn't go to church so he doesn't have one.

    July 7, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Fear mongering

    One question:

    If the Obama cultists are oppossed to " fearmongering" then why is it THET who continue to post comments like, ' if they choose to vote for McCain it may be their last choice, McCain will do away with women's rights, They will overturn Roe (not Rowe) vs Wade, They will reinstate the draft' etc....

    These are the worst fearmongering tactics of them all.

    People have the right to vote for who THEY see fit, not the way the Obama camp WANTS.

    Roe vs Wade isn't going anywhere. And, if it does, that will be the fault of the newbies and the haters who put the screws to Hillary. And... us old bitter feminists who worked For Roe vs Wade, are NOT the ones who will suffer from its overturning... think about THAT. So stop blogging that nonsense.

    A conservative court? Sandra Day O'Conner turned out to be super. Again us old racist white bitter blue collar and feminist democrats... we won't suffer much from that. But...It might teach the young and the newbies to be careful when they employ a strategy of hate to divide the partyl by stooping to vile and filthy insults, name-calling and race baiting. Might inspire all of you to campaign fairly and without bigotry, sexism and hatred in the future.

    A draft? Same scenario as to WHO will suffer and who will be responsible because of the nature of the corrupt Democratic primary . The democrats are more likely to be the party to reinstate a draft- it is, after all a MORE democratic approach to defense of our freedoms.

    So... fear mongers and haters for Obama- YOU will be to blame for any and all setbacks- by demanding that Obama be installed as nominee. And by using the race card, bigotry, insults, and hate to achieve that end.

    July 7, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Dean

    isn't it sad how obama continually steals ideas from other people.the man as no credibility whatsoever yet it goes to show how far some of the Americans have fallen who still follow him. he keeps them looking forward so they can't see what he promised yesterday is not the same as what he is saying to-day sad sad sad

    Thank you, and now (PLEASE GO AWAY)..........................

    July 7, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    This man is courting a recall. The stadium is to drown out the demonstrators, kill many brain cells with one stone...lol. Very creative. Keep an eye on their budget. It will be an insight to Obama's administration. I think recent comments from their camp reminds me of the "watergate' scandal. I suggest they back off.

    July 7, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. joe

    These religious fanatics are scary. They truly scare me...

    July 7, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. terry,va

    He doesn't know anything about religion. He cites things out of the Old Testament. He might know something about the Koran but he doesn't know anything about our Savior;:Jesus Christ.

    July 7, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. DEAL OR NO DEAL

    (CNN) – A conservative Christian activist group said Monday that it is dropping plans to sue Barack Obama’s presidential campaign over the name of its new program
    Ron- democrat turned independent via HILLARY then obama
    isn't it sad how obama continually steals ideas from other people.as what he is saying to-day sad sad sad........WHAT IS THE difference
    Remember THE HRC (BOSNIA LIE)???

    July 7, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Marv...

    Wow!!! Those names are significantly different. How petty of that CHRISTIAN organization. Way to go fellow Christians. Put pettiness over lifting up the name of Christ. That's how to allow your conservative agenda to cloud or take your eyes away from the Mark which is Jesus Christ. The Lord must be pleased with your pettiness. The angels in Heaven are singing joyfully because of your accomplishment of taking ownership of God. Only you can allow others to invoke the name of the Savior or names held within the Bible. We forget how mighty and powerful the name of Evangelical Constrictive Christian has become. I'm sure it ranks up there with the name of the Jesus Himself.

    You must be so very proud of this great accomplishment.

    July 7, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Ell

    Sounds and looks like 2 different names. i would like to think Christians would cherish the work it accomplish regardless of your denomination..................or your choice to be a conservative.

    God loves all and thats the real message!!! Be careful you don't miss your blessing by looking foolish inHis eyes!

    July 7, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Lorna, NY

    And this is news?

    July 7, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Bill, Newark, N.J

    'Change' you can Xerox!

    July 7, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Who stirs up the fear?

    I too, am tired of the fearmongering by the Obama campaign who claims to disdain such tactics and ploys.

    If the Obama cultists are opposed to " fearmongering" then why is it THEY who continue to post comments like, ' if they choose to vote for McCain it may be their last choice, McCain will do away with women's rights, They will overturn Roe (not Rowe) vs Wade, They will reinstate the draft, They will be in Iraq for 100 yrs' etc....etc.

    These are the worst fearmongering ploys of them all.

    People have the right to vote for who THEY see fit, not the way the Obama camp WANTS. Stop forcing people to vote YOUR way. Like the hate in the primary...it will backfire and do damage to Obama, not advance him.

    Roe vs Wade isn't going anywhere. And, if it does, that will be the fault of the newbies and the haters who put the screws to Hillary. And... us old bitter feminists who worked For Roe vs Wade, we are NOT the ones who will suffer from its overturning... think about THAT. So stop blogging that nonsense.

    A conservative court? Sandra Day O'Conner turned out to be just super. Again us old racist white bitter blue collar and feminist democrats... we won't suffer much from that. But...It might teach the young and the newbies to be careful when they employ a strategy of hate to divide the party by stooping to vile and filthy insults, vitriolic name-calling and race baiting. It Might inspire all of you to campaign fairly and without bigotry, sexism and hatred in the future.

    A draft? Same scenario as to WHO will suffer and who will be responsible because of the nature of the corrupt Democratic primary . The democrats are more likely to be the party to reinstate a draft- it is, after all a MORE democratic approach to defense of our freedoms.

    The 100 yr war was an intentional and obvious twisting of McCains words and intent. He was referring to a post- combat pressence just like the Marshal plan after WWII.

    So... fear mongers and haters for Obama- YOU will be to blame for any and all setbacks- by demanding that Obama be installed as nominee. And by using the race card, bigotry, insults, and hate to achieve that end. You played dirty and recklessly divided the party with your name-calling and debasing of fellow democrats.

    Now... Obama MAY lose... and you will be the ones responsible and the ones to blame for it. ACCEPT IT.... You can not force and fix elections in the USA. Even THIS year, we will not allow the only Democrat left standing, to win... if he cheated.

    July 7, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Tom

    "begin impeachment proceeding now" – For what going to a war that 80+% of Americans wanted to go to, that over 90% of dems voted for?

    Or are you impeaching him because he let the left take over the power in America and is destroying the economy... and keep voting for the war by sending money to fund the war.

    If anything we should get ready to impeach Obama now, before he destroys the country with his flip flop on everything attitude.. Obama is going to be far far worse the Bush...

    July 7, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. democrat in the white house

    so they stole it from the bible like it was so original. Sure Joshua was the leader , but Caleb was just as faitfull and entered the promise land and also rewarded. "Generation Caleb"

    July 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Orange

    Keep up the good work generation Y. Keep the money flowing.
    Obamas 'change' is not going to be cheap.

    July 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Amerika the beautiful

    Hillary ran against an unqualified, inexperienced young person. Just because he was half black, that audacity to run anyway, made HER a divisive racist.

    Obama ran against a highly qualified, experienced and capable person. Since she was middle aged, white, and a woman... THAT would make him a divisive, reverse-racist, sexist, misogynist.

    SO... why is the BEST and most qualified candidate now stumping for the lightweight?

    Problems out there AmeriKKKKKKKA?

    July 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Marv...

    Mr. Independent Voter.............Your spill or comment was a heap of crap. Although typical of those filled with hate. The more I've listen to Independents, like CNN Lou Dobbs, the more I understand independents have nothing to offer but complaints. Just complain about everything and everyone else and never offer any real solutions. What a coward’s way to stand for nothing, but complain about everything. Sort of reminds me of another complainer without solutions. The pill swallowing conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

    July 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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