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. William,from Cali!

    If you don't, "stand for something"; you will, "fall for anything"?.........................from where I'm standing, this whole "political process" has becoming a JOKE! Remember, the rest of the "civilized world" is watching us for guidance.................................

    July 7, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Mark Webb

    Did I read "trade mark";
    So, even God has been trademarked?
    Shame on you, evangelicals!!!!!
    Greed and hypocrisy is all you know.

    July 7, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Jeff Long

    Obama was selected, not elected. He is trying to re-enact the "I have a Dream speech" given by MLK. MLK gave this speech on August 28, 1963 and Obama is giving his speech on August 28, 2008. Obama is only in this for himself and not the people of America.

    July 7, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Jane

    Real Christian!!!!

    July 7, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. carlo

    All of this accusation hurling from the supporters of a man whose wife plagarizes something as simple as recipes? Come on people. The word of God is public domain. No one has rights to that.

    You sound as desperate as McCain does. Just grab where you can, guys. Obama's gonna win anyway.

    July 7, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Jeff Long

    @ Barack Obama is Our 44th president! YES WE CAN ! July 7th, 2008 1:02 pm ET
    I am glad they came to their senses and realized this is a lost cause…nothing what-so-ever to pursue.
    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time for Barack Obama for president !

    What!?! You are an idiot and apparently you can't read. It looks like Obama came to his senses, not the other way around. The suit was dropped because the Obama camp decided not to use their name. I need you Obama supporters to start paying attention to detail.

    July 7, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Mary

    You tell a lie often enough and long enough the idiots will believe it . There is nothing to Obama nothing at all.WAKE-UP!

    July 7, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Tony

    To all the Evangelical whack-jobs!

    Give it a rest already! Jeez! WHINE, WHINE, WHINE!

    July 7, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Eli

    It's amazing how America's most judgmental, fractious, vicious and cruel people are allowed to get away with calling themselves Christians while focusing not on Christ's life and teachings, but rather on enforcing arcane, hand-picked rules in the Old Testament that were soundly countermanded by His words in John 13:34: "Love One Another."

    July 7, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Porter

    "I am glad they came to their senses and realized this is a lost cause…nothing what-so-ever to pursue."

    Did you miss the part where Obama agreed to change the name??? They didn't realize it was a lost cause... they dropped it 'cause they won.

    July 7, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Ken

    Ahh, the hypocritical right wing at it again. They needed something to busy thier own trial lawyers....even as they go out on the campaign trail and berate trial lawyers as the enemy of this country.

    Remember which side brought out their trial lawyers first in the 2000 election debacle?

    July 7, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. saga4obama

    thats great news come a board...to the NEW AMERICAN REVOLUTION...hey Repubs...WE ARE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!

    Michelle July 7th, 2008 9:50 am ET
    The other thread is closed already, so may I please post here:
    As for lacking judgment, we know that the award for THAT booby prize goes to Obama. Hint, hint: racist church, anti-American church, Ayers, Rezko, eternal flip-flopping…
    ______________________________________________________

    response: do some real research on Dr.Rev. Wright and the church...it is rather "sheepish" of you people talking about sound bite with such authority, that is all you have against Obama. But i am here to tell you if you want dirt on a candidate...McCain has so much dirt HE could have been a Levey...
    Keating 5, infidelity, drugs, Big Oil, Military lies, betraying his country, the McCain bill, ENRON loophole, gambling issuses, Vicki L. Iseman,Feingold, Gramm, USS Forrestal, Pastor Parsley and the list goes on and on and on...don't worry though , America will be reading ALL about John McCain...cant even run his campaign and these people are talking about Dr.REV Wright...please!

    July 7, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Cory in Little Rock

    So you can trademark biblical references?... I declare from now on that I get a nickle everytime someone says "Jesus Christ!" whenever they go to the gas pump.

    Chi-ching!

    July 7, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Typical White Person

    Chris, Middletown, CT – You don't read much, do ya?

    The Roman Empire fell, not because of lawyers, but because of the corrupt political system where the man with the most money to pay off the praetorians was the one to be crowned emperor regardless of his qualifications...

    Sound familiar?

    July 7, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Jeff Long

    Obama was selected, not elected. He is trying to re-enact the "I have a Dream" speech given by MLK. MLK gave this speech on August 28, 1963 and Obama is giving his speech on August 28, 2008. Obama is only in this for himself and not the people of America.

    July 7, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. gary

    OBAMA IS A BIG JOKE. HE IS SO SURE HE WILL BE PRESIDENT. WHAT ARROGANT PERSON. HE BEATS THE CAKE. THIS IS WHAT AMERICA ASKED FOR. HRC STILL IS THE BEST AND MOST REALISTIC CANIDATE. AMERICA GETS WHAT THEY ASK FOR.

    July 7, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. H-ROD

    Not one of these so called conservative evangelical groupes have called for an end to the killing going on in Iraq or called for and end to the so called war ! what kind of christians are these ? THese are the kinds of people that don't mind killing as long as it is brown or black or even white people that don't agree with them or Bush or Mccain that are being killed these are the worse kind of people !!!!!!

    July 7, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Fishers, Indiana

    I am surprised. They should sue the Barack Hussein Obama team.

    Hussein Obama does not have the testicular fortitude to handle the conservatives.

    July 7, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Molly

    Why does obama have to STEAL everything – even the nomination.
    Obama has no plans of his own – he copies from other real leaders, like Hillary Clinton. OBama CHANGES his message to suit his political gain – just like Rev Wright told us "Obama will say whatever he has to – he is a Politician". Obama is a FRAUD – he is the last person to give advice on religion.

    July 7, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Rob

    I just cant listen to this Obama guy anymore.... I just cant.
    I dont know why but all I hear is just talking and everything he says is a problem and a baseground for a huge discussion. This guy is full of air....

    McCain...

    Rob from NC

    July 7, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Typical White Person

    Barack Obama is Our 44th president! YES WE CAN ! July 7th, 2008 1:02 pm ET wrote:

    "I am glad they came to their senses and realized this is a lost cause…nothing what-so-ever to pursue."

    Wow! You didn't even read the first paragraph before jumping on here to comment. It ends with "because the campaign has told them it will re-name the initiative."

    Is Obama paying you by the letter regardless of the relevence of your comment?

    July 7, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. WOW

    People please give me a break. They really need to be suing bush for ruining our country and lying to us and john mcwar for perpetuating this mess.

    July 7, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. R.I.F.

    Mike, Syracuse, NY July 7th, 2008 12:59 pm ET

    Well Obama stole 'yes we can' so what's wrong with more plagiarism?

    NotFallingInLine.org July 7th, 2008 1:00 pm ET

    Nothing that Obama has done or said – including "yes, we can" – is original. He's such a sleazy opportunist who would do or say anything to advance himself politically
    ______________________________________________

    Too bad you people get your news from Fox. You may want to try researching things that you hear on Fox about Obama before you repeat them because many of them are lies. The little blonde anchor on Fox said this about the Iranian president because he used "We Can" during his 2005 campaign. Problem is...Obama started using "Yes We Can" during his 2004 run for Senate. It's funny how all it takes is a little research to discount all the crap coming out of Fox and you guys mouths.

    July 7, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. NC Man

    how many different faces does Obama have? Will the real Obama please stand up!!

    July 7, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. Peter

    This is pathetic, even for Republicans. I think there is a different from Bush and Republicans, one is much more stupid. But this makes me have second thoughts

    July 7, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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