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The Federalist: Last week, it was revealed that Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal, who had represented herself as black for the better part of a decade, was not actually black.
BR Now: The same month, the NAACP sent a letter to Bomberger and LifeNews demanding they remove the parody in seven days. Bomberger, represented by attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), filed for declaratory judgment, and the NAACP filed a trademark infringement counter suit.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom appealed to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which reversed the lower court’s decision. That reversal essentially protects people who would criticize an organization or company; unless, of course, the NAACP files another appeal and wins.
The Patriot Post: Much to the Left’s displeasure, free speech doesn’t have to be popular to be protected. In this case, it’s both. A federal judge disagreed — unleashing a wild opinion that banned Ryan from “even mentioning the parodied name or parodying the NAACP’s name in the future.” With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, Bomberger appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which wasted no time rebuking the lower court’s logic. In a huge victory for free speech (and the millions of children who could be saved by Bomberger’s), the three-judge panel blew apart the Left’s arguments, ruling 3-0 in Radiance’s favor.
Headline “NAACP: National Association for the Abortion of Colored People” does not infringe the NAACP’s trademark
The Washington Post: I’m happy to report that the Fourth Circuit has just handed down Radiance Foundation v. NAACP, which holds that trademark law should be read narrowly in cases involving speech (other than commercial advertising).
Townhall: Fortunately, Bomberger and his foundation didn’t stop there but took the case, which was defended by Alliance Defending Freedom, before the Fourth Circuit of Appeals. Today, more than two years after the whole ordeal began, Bomberger, The Radiance Foundation and the First Amendment, won a decisive victory in federal court.
World Magazine: In a ruling issued late Tuesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided unanimously with the pro-life Radiance Foundation in its trademark infringement fight with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The Washington Times: Radiance appealed with the help of an attorney affiliated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the appellate panel overturned Judge Jackson’s ruling, saying the NAACP did “not have actionable claims for trademark infringement.”
Life Dynamics: The Radiance Foundation, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) , then filed a declaratory judgment action in federal court, and in return, the NAACP filed counter-claims of “trademark infringement, dilution and confusion” for parodying the organization’s name in what the group describes as, “the NAACP’s documented pro-abortion position and actions.”
http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/9640 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled Tuesday that a non-profit organization did not violate trademark infringement after posting an article online that parodied the name of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Charles M. Allen with the Glen Allen, Va. firm Goodman, Allen & Filetti PLLC is defending Bomberger and Radiance in U.S. District Court in The Radiance Foundation v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division.
Charisma News: Ryan Bomberger: Our lawyers from Alliance Defending Freedom are very thorough. Chuck Allen, as a trademark attorney, understands the Lanham Act—which the NAACP is trying to use to crush our right to free speech.
Townhall: We’re grateful Alliance Defending Freedom has been defending our civil rights in light of the NAACP’s efforts to censor us.
PR Newswire: The case is now before three justices at the Fourth Circuit. Oral arguments will be heard Wednesday, March 25th. Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Charles M. Allen of the law firm Goodman, Allen & Filetti PLLC is defending Bomberger and Radiance inRadiance Foundation v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
One News Now: ADF attorney Steven Aden was present for arguments this week before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Life News: ADF attorney Steven Aden was present for arguments this week before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The National Law Journal: A conservative group in Virginia that advocates against abortion is embroiled in a trademark dispute, now on appeal, with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People over the use of the civil rights group’s name.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Ryan Bomberger is a staunch pro-life advocate. He and his wife, Bethany, founded The Radiance Foundation in 2009, a life-affirming, educational organization. He is also black. You can imagine his surprise when, in 2013, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sued not only the foundation he worked so hard to build, but also him personally.
Life Site News: Alliance Defending Freedom is fighting for my civil rights against a “civil rights” group that is out of touch with what truly advances people of any color.
Townhall: I know this from personal experience as U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Jackson has decided the facts don’t matter and the First Amendment is unworthy of consideration in The Radiance Foundation v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People The NAACP is abusing trademark law to censor me while Alliance Defending Freedom is fighting for my civil rights. Judges gone wild don’t care about the truth. They care about their worldview. Impartiality be damned.
Life News: “Many organizations, including the NAACP itself, regularly engage in social commentary and should not be penalized or discriminated against for expressing their beliefs. The NAACP should respect that same right for Radiance,” added ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox.
ADF Media: The Radiance Foundation filed its opening brief Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in a lawsuit against the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In April, a federal district court ruled that The Radiance Foundation engaged in trademark infringement after doing nothing more than posting an article online that parodied the NAACP’s name.
One News Now: Radiance Foundation is taking the case to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to ask to benefit from constitutional protections for free speech and free press. Ryan Bomberger and the Radiance Foundation are being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom.
Standard Newswire: Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Charles M. Allen (with the Glen Allen, Virginia firm Goodman, Allen & Filetti PLLC) is defending Bomberger and Radiance in The Radiance Foundation v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Life News: I believe this trial in life will have a happy ending. We’ve now officially appealed this case to the Fourth Circuit of Appeals and are being defended by Alliance Defending Freedom. Our hope is that truth and justice prevail and that our guaranteed, precious right to free speech is protected. Even more importantly, we hope that so-called “leaders” in the civil rights movement have their consciences awakened to realize no right is more valuable and in need of defense than the foundational Right to Life.
LifeNews: Through our attorney, LifeNews has issued a response to the NAACP, which recently sent us an a letter attempting to intimidate LifeNews and pressure us to stop reporting on its long-standing pro-abortion position and opposition to pro-life legislation to protect black babies from abortion.
Life News: For many years, LifeNews.com has brought national attention to the fact that the NAACP takes a strongly pro-abortion position, has worked hand in hand with pro-abortion groups and have actively opposed pro-life legislation.
Life News: Bomberger, who is represented by pro-life attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom legal group,has now appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
One News Now: Arizona passed a pro-life law, but like most life bills approved and signed into law in Arizona, a federal lawsuit was filed against it. Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox explains what is happening with the case.
Town Hall: Alliance Defending Freedom’s Casey Mattox released the following statement:
“Every innocent life deserves to be protected, and that’s especially true of any babies targeted for death simply because of their sex or race,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “Nothing about an abortion committed on the basis of sex or race is medically necessary or constitutionally protected. The fact that groups who supposedly exist to protect the interests of minorities and women are attacking this law is scandalous.”
East Valley Tribune: Supporters of a 2011 Arizona ban on race- and gender-based abortions want a federal appeals court to rule that a woman’s right to an abortion can be trumped because of the reason she wants it.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit urging it to reject the NAACP’s lawsuit against an Arizona bill that prohibits sex- and race-based abortions.
David and Goliath: Radiance Foundation and Ryan Bomberger Defend Children, Stand Up to the NAACP | Catholic Online
Deacon Keith Fournier at Catholic Online: When I entered the Courtroom I saw Ryan sitting at table with his two volunteer lawyers from the Alliance Defending Freedom. His wife Bethany was sitting behind him. The clerk had just entered the courtroom so I knew I only had a minute. I came dressed in my clerical collar. I am a Catholic Deacon. I wanted to send a signal that this man, who spends his energy and substantial gifts defending the human dignity of every child in the womb, had the support of my Church in his defense of children in the womb. That is why I wore the collar.
One News Now: The Arizona legislature passed a bill in 2011 that prohibits abortions based on race or sex, and now the ACLU is suing the state on behalf of the NAACP.
JIllStanek.com (includes video): Alliance Defending Freedom is defending Bomberger and the Radiance Foundation in U.S. District Court. Court documents and more details can be viewed online. | also posted at LifeSiteNews
LifeNews: Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Charles M. Allen with the Glen Allen, Va. firm Goodman, Allen & Filetti PLLC is defending Bomberger and Radiance in U.S. District Court in The Radiance Foundation v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division.
Christian Newswire: Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Charles M. Allen with the Glen Allen, Va. firm Goodman, Allen & Filetti PLLC filed Friday in U.S. District Court in The Radiance Foundation v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division.
LifeSiteNews: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People threatened with legal action Ryan Bomberger for using its name and trademark to oppose abortion. Now the chief creative officer of The Radiance Foundation is fighting back . . . With the help of attorney Charles M. Allen, who is affiliated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, Bomberger filed a lawsuit in Virginia on Friday arguing that his work is protected by the First Amendment and “fair use” provisions of the law. He also questioned the NAACP’s priorities in using its legal resources to fight an activist trying to save black babies, rather than fighting the community’s pathologies. “Our inner-cities are crumbling, two-parent married families barely exist, 72.3 percent of our children are born into homes without fathers, and the NAACP wants to silence me for pointing out its support of abortion,” he said.
Des Moines Register: But Dedric Doolin, president of the Cedar Rapids branch of the NAACP, said most controversial issues are first debated at the local level before the national board takes a formal stance. In the case of same-sex marriage, that didn’t occur, he said.
NPR (includes audio): The NAACP recently took what was for some in the organization a controversial step, when it endorsed same-sex marriage. That move has now led some local officers around the country to resign — including the group’s most outspoken critic of gay marriage.
QCTimes.com: The Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr. of the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines issued a statement saying he was stepping down from the NAACP national board and as Iowa/Nebraska state conference president “due to the NAACP’s position and support of same-sex marriage.
NAACP Endorsement of Homosexual Agenda Found Appalling by African American Leaders; Say Issue also Linked to Abortion
Christian Newswire: “Neither my great-grandfather an NAACP founder, my grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. an NAACP leader, my father Rev. A. D. Williams King, nor my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embraced the homosexual agenda that the current NAACP is attempting to label as a civil rights agenda,” said Dr. Alveda C. King, founder of King for America and Pastoral Associate for Priests for Life.
One News Now: In an interview with OneNewsNow, Dr. Timothy Johnson — founder of The Frederick Douglas Foundation — says his organization is not surprised by the action of the NAACP, largely because of its support of abortion, which he says has been proven to represent “black genocide.” Johnson believes the NAACP is simply unwilling to address the issues that face black Americans.
Demetrius Minor at Townhall: On Saturday, May 19, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) officially came out and declared their support for same-sex marriage. According to USA TODAY, the organization saw the issue has comparable to civil rights. Ironically, this stance fails to comply with a large sector of the African-American population . . .
AP: Benjamin Jealous said Monday he hopes the group’s resolution supporting same-sex marriage will encourage blacks to support marriage equality as a civil right if the question is put to voters on the ballot in Maryland or other states.
Anchorage Daily News: But the Assembly at the meeting delayed certification of the election until at least April 24, and Hall said the inquiry ought to wait too. The postponement allows for the Election Commission to finish counting the remaining 13,434 votes and issue recommendations on just what an investigator ought to be looking for, he said.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Critics of the month-old voter-identification law are poised to challenge it in the courts and General Assembly.
Gerard Nadal at LifeNews: The word from LifeNews.com is that the NAACP is opposed to the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011, which criminalizes abortion on the grounds of race or sex.
NYTimes.com: In its infancy the H.R.C. effort, called Americans for Marriage Equality, has showcased three prominent black Americans in a row. That’s no accident.
LifeNews.com: In what has become an annual tradition, a group of black pro-life advocates shared the pro-life message with participants at the annual NAACP convention. This time, the pro-lifers shared copies of a documentary exposing how abortion adversely affects the African-American community.