ADF hopes appeals court upholds right to write, permission to parody

Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Alliance Defending Freedom is hoping a federal appeals court will protect the rights of a reporter and activist who says he simply told the truth about the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. 

Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation wrote an article that referred to the NAACP as the "National Association for the Abortion of Colored People."

The NAACP sued for "trademark infringement" and won the decision from a lower court.

Aden, Steven (ADF)ADF attorney Steven Aden was present for arguments this week before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

He tells OneNewsNow the judges questioned the NAACP's lawyer about the claim of "trademark confusion" after the public contacted the NAACP about its pro-abortion stance.

Bomberger

There is a First Amendment to the Constitution, Aden points out, that provides for free speech and freedom of the press.

Radiance details the ongoing legal saga on its website, beginning with the NAACP lawsuit in 2013.

"The irony never ends: the nation’s second oldest civil rights group suing a black man for exercising his second most basic civil right—the freedom of speech," Bomberger wrote. 

The organization also reports how the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which defends freedom of speech on the Internet, filed amicus briefs for Bomberger's 4th Circuit appeal. 

Aden tells OneNewsNow: "Alliance Defending Freedom and Radiance Foundation believe that a little truth and light on an important matter, like NAACP's historic support for abortion, which claims approximately one in three African-American lives, is truly a matter of public importance." 

Aden predicts the appeals court will be sympathetic to that view, which would mean relieving Bomberger of a judgment for damages assessed by the lower court. 

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