July 7th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
10 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. Montana is Obama Country

    Intersting that a "convservative" group would plan use frivolous lawsuits that G. Dubya always cried about... Hypocritical stance I'd say..

    July 7, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Loretta from California

    So now the religious right owns Joshua. What would Jesus think?


    July 7, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. demwit

    The audacity of the idealess....

    July 7, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |


    July 7, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. acs

    I'm worried about Obama and his own version of the faith initiative. Sounds like he is courting the religious right.

    July 7, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    All this fuss because people just can't accept the fact when you die you simply cease to exist.

    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize man created god not the other way around. All interested parties have to do is a little research to reach a logical conclusion.

    In any event I don't have a problem with people believing in anything they want providing it doesn't interfere or hurt anyone else's quality of life. Too bad the majority of religous cults didn't feel the same way!

    July 7, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Mike - Texas

    Interesting how Obama is taking some of Bush's ideas to heart, isn't it?

    July 7, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. mitchell hussein martin

    they should stay out of politics.church people do not make good politicians.they are mostly hypocrites,anyway.

    July 7, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. therealist

    It was Joshua's skills at the art of war that freed the promise land! Not his blood connections to the enemy..

    July 7, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Dan, MA

    I forgot that they have the monopoly on the name Joshua. >.> Grow up, Christian groups. I'm so glad I'm finally free from having to listen to that kind of crap every day.

    July 7, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    The last thing Obama wants is responsible parents home schooling their children without a dictated government oversight and curriculum. If the government can't brainwash your children–they won't fit in.

    Perhaps one of those children–independantly educated at home–will be able to become President and make change–that reflects the nations values and not the politicians for a real change.

    July 7, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. vick

    dirty Gop!!!!!!

    July 7, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Spanky

    Who cares what right wing Christo-Facists think anyway?

    July 7, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Gary

    Part of the problem with this great country is that too many people are ready to sue at the drop of a hat making an over worked juducial system have to deal with an issue that should never have been brought to the courts in the first place! People really need to lighten up and worry about the "BIG PICTURE" issues that affect all of us and don't sweat the small stuff!!!!

    July 7, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. David

    Obama is a used car salesman who will say whatever he thinks the particular audience he is speaking in front of wants to hear. "Yes we can" Perhaps they can finish the thought, yes we can what?

    July 7, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Ms. Sims

    @Ron- democrat turned independent via HILLARY then obama....and McCain is anything NEW! He is just a repackaged version of Bush. And Hillary was taking ideas from McCain i.e. the gas tax holiday! Pls both of them tried to take the Obama's change theme and use it.

    And to those claiming he stole Yes We Can... if you watched the report that said he got the phrase Yes We Can from somebody else you would have took the time to notice that he only start using it AFTER Obama did...

    Poor Independent Voter...can't find any thing to debate so you keep bring up Rev. Wright...newsflash people paying $4/gal for gas and loosing their homes don't care about that. If that's the only argument you'll have against Obama for the next 4 months he's definately going to win...P.S. Keating 5, see how easy it is to get off topic!

    July 7, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Of course Obama is going to end the war in Iraq. But it seems the GOP wants a say in it to make sure the pull out fails and they can say we told you about the DEMs. Obama has said it time and again that, “He’ll be as careful pulling out as careless as we were going in”. Remember Colin Powell asked Bush before the invasion, “After Sadam is gone what will you do with 27 million people?” and Bush Brushed it off think they’ll adore him as their liberator. The only thing the GOP can hope for is a careless pull out because they care the LEAST about America.

    There are too many distractions, at one time they called Obama naïve for not offering details on how to pull. Now that he’s saying that he’ll be careful on how he goes about the pull and pull out it will be the GOP starts screaming flip-flop. Funny how the GOP spins away from who they really are by flinging it on the DEMs. Remember how Bush/GOP branded Kerry a coward in 2004 and we all knew who served in Vietnam while the other was being protected by rich daddy in some Texas reserve something rather?

    GOP it’ll not work this time around, because we have entered the “Politics Unusual” this season around.

    July 7, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Wisconsin

    This type of thing happens all the time to a lot of people, with so many groups out their how do you McWar freaks expect anyone to know them all?

    July 7, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Bridgette-PA

    This isn't as bad as Cindy McCain stealing cookie recipes, and getting busted TWICE! LOL 🙂


    July 7, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Paul

    It is typical for some overzealous fundamentalists to think that only they are allowed to extract a name or phrase from the Bible. They need to get over themselves!

    July 7, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Veteran in Kansas

    Isn't it sad how religion keeps interfering in the politics of a secular nation where all religions are suppost to be able to "practise" their religions without government interference. It a two edged sword, keep government out of religion and keep religion out of politics.

    July 7, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Jim

    I love how conservatives have trademarked religion. Like I, as a Democrat, don't have the right to be religious? Well, when I think of Jesus Christ, I don't think of bombs dropping in Iraq and Afganistan. I'm sorry, but the things the Republican Party stand for are as un-Christian as it gets. I'm pretty confident Jesus would be apalled at the Bush Administration's track record. WWJB? Who Would Jesus Bomb? Stop falling for the Republican fear mongering and war waging.

    July 7, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. LT for Obama

    Do your research people, Yes We Can is a slogan that Obama has been using for over 10 years since his days in the State Senate.

    July 7, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. SalBal

    'yes we can' so what's wrong with more plagiarism?"

    This is so stupid to call this plagiarism. How can one claim they own something like #Yes We Can#. It is even more pathetic than Beetles and Apple over #Apple# trademark dispute which was settled in 2007.

    I get absolutely amazed how in, the USA lawyers make pots of money for these kinds of cases. It is a disgraceful waste of money and time when both could be put their efforts or money into better use – like advancing technologies to combat global warming or feeding the hungry around the world. Actually this is not just happening in US. It also happens in UK but the courts over here are a little more dismissive of stupid cases like this.

    An UK perspective

    July 7, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Was a Democrat-Now an Independent

    My nickname for Barack Obama is "line lifter," as he has pretty much stolen all his ideas from other candidates, most especially the candidate I did and still do support, Hillary Clinton.

    July 7, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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