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

Thursday, March 26, 2015
 | 
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. 

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

How should a Florida high school punish a teacher if it's true she punished students who wear a cross?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  Health care repeal gets boost from caucus
  Trump proposing tax cuts for companies big and small
Trump calls court's sanctuary ruling ridiculous
Judge cites Trump's comment in 'sanctuary city' ruling
US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf
Muslim doctor, wife in genital mutilation case seek jail release

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Coulter cancels Berkeley event
Is state champion football coach going to get fired .... for being white?
Florida diocese punishes teacher who quoted saint’s critique of Islam
No PC: Confederate flag to fly at city hall in Florida
UC Berkeley riots: Violence looms as mayor questioned over ties to extremist group

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
NYC churches praying for help after losing court fights

New York City churches that are renting school space for Sunday worship are still looking for relief in the legal system after repeated setbacks.