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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soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain-Pa

    Wouldnt be the first time obama took something that wasnt his–

    Just another bitter average white person clinging to guns and religion..

    July 7, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. CNN = Jerry Springer of news

    I guess Christianity is no longer a bi-partisan religion. If a Democratic group wants to use biblical references, that is not OK, but it is OK for the religious right to use these references. Makes me want to change my religious affilitation because I sure am not changing my political affiliation to one that supports wars, which is very un-christian.

    July 7, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    How can someone steal a name from the bible? So the conservatives are the only ones entitled to use those names? What morons? And he did not steal the name, he was using an entirely different usage of it.

    July 7, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Michelle

    "Change" this and "change" that.

    This whole "change" farce is sickening.

    Obama isn't on track for anything. He is all over the place.

    Picture Bush standing behind the same sign and slogan. He also ran on
    "change" and "unity."

    Obama = Bush 3

    July 7, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Shannon Shiflett

    Good, I doubt the Obama camp wants anything to do with an extremist evangelical group that manipulated youth into voting for the worst president in history.....

    July 7, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. ANGIE

    my sons name is joshua are they gonna sue me please they dont own it

    July 7, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    It wouldn't have gotten them anywhere anyway! Obama in 2009!

    July 7, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. California Gold

    Hallelujiah. A Christian group decided to stop thinking about suing.

    July 7, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Bill

    What a very non-Christian thing to do; sue thy neighbor.

    July 7, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Chris from NY

    What's in a name except it's for a good cause. God of Obama is the God of the Republicans even though they (the Republicans) will like to think that they have more claim to God than anyone else. Thank God that He ( God) can't be seen. He would have a lot to say to the Republicans. One of which is I am the God of all flesh. He is the God of the universe. No Christian has more claim to God than any other.

    July 7, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    So, who stole what from who if it was taken from the Bible.

    July 7, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. puff

    Obama and his slogans make me want to puke. He is such a fraud. Wake up America, this man will destroy our country!
    PUMA

    July 7, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Shiloh Everett

    To all the idiots who say that 75,000 showed up tp see Obama in Portand because of a rock concert- NOT! I was there. There was a band that played a couple songs – not headliners- for about 20 minutes of the 3-5 hour wait. If you were there you'd know we were there for Obama! Get a life!

    July 7, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Johnny Mac is bad cheese gone worse

    And here I thought all the conservatives were always criticizing the "big lawsuit, sue-crazy liberals". Hypocrisy at it's best! At least they are smart enough to drop the nonissue ... this time.

    July 7, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Veteran for McCain

    Democrats are so IGNORANT!!!!! The organization dropped the lawsuit because the Obama campaign agreed to drop the name upon realizing they were using someone elses trademark. How does it always come back against McCain? You guy's are pissing me off already. Obama will lose in November and I can't wait to get on this blog and read your comments then!!!!

    "They should sue Bush", are you kidding me? IGNORANT DEMS!

    July 7, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. John in Columbus Ohio

    I think that may have been entirely intentional.

    That is, I think the Obama campaign picked the name knowing that the HSLDA would want them to change it. Then, when challenged by the HSLDA, the campaign apologizes for the mistake and goes along with the HSLDA, letting them demonstrate to the HSLDA that they're gracious and respectful of the HSLDA's position. Now the HSLDA will be viewing the Obama campaign in a more favorable light, and they aren't going to put up any serious vocal opposition to Obama's candidacy.

    It's a possibility anyway.

    July 7, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Mainely Carol

    Apparantly if the name Joshua is used the GOPites will sue. Sure the Obama team should have 'Googled' the name so everyone would undestand that this is 'owned' by the grand old party. And picked something else..
    How petty of them.. What is important is what they are trying to do for the positive outreach to youth. Apparantely youth should only think Republican ...
    some day they might get a life...

    July 7, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Still Crazy After All These Years

    "the Joshua Tree"- album by U2."And So It Goes"- Kurt Vonnegaut.

    July 7, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. outsider

    this conservatives are not christians, they are opposite of everything that christ stands for

    July 7, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Linda K.

    It's a common name and a well-known story. You can't trademark everything.

    July 7, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Joe Regis

    The motion notice did not have any merit to begin with and was in all probability going to be thrown out of Court.

    No one has monopoly on religion and religious beliefs play an important part of our society; therefore it is understandable that Obama would seek the support of good evangelicals.

    Evangelical for Obama.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 7, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Undacovabrotha

    What a scam. Once Obama is elected, true progressives can come into the light and end the cancer that is "property rights."

    All property belongs to the people. Time for democrats and fellow progressives to take from the rich and corporations and help the people.

    July 7, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Watermann

    Funny, TRIPLE -G- God, Guns, Gays . The country of lawyers LOL

    July 7, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Daniel Mayinja

    Christians!, yeah right ...

    July 7, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Rachel

    You know whats funny is nothing obama does seem to make his supporters question him. Hillary was said to have lost the nomination because of her sense of inevitbility, looks like thats what obama and supporters are starting to beleive now that his win is inevitable no way he can lose? Watch out things happen ask my girl Hillary.

    July 7, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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