Category: Jerry Falwell

Jerry Falwell’s Church celebrates 50th anniversary

Lynchburg, Va. (AP) — The Rev. Jerry Falwell‘s conservative politics have earned him both friends and enemies in a long, public career but there’s no denying he’s been a successful pastor. Joined by thousands of supporters, Falwell will mark the half-century anniversary of Thomas Road Baptist Church on Sunday with a daylong celebration that begins with a service in a new, 6,000-seat sanctuary. The sanctuary is just a small part of a 1 million-square-foot complex for the Falwell empire’s administrative offices, Liberty University recreational facilities and classrooms and Liberty Christian Academy, which has students from preschool through high school.

Gay man wins Internet fight vs. Falwell

A gay New Yorker won a big Supreme Court victory yesterday in his Internet battle against Moral Majority founder the Rev. Jerry Falwell. Christopher Lamparello, 36, won the right to keep his fallwell.com site, which criticizes Falwell’s views on homosexuality – and often snares Web surfers looking for the reverend’s online ministry at falwell.com. “Rev. Falwell is completely wrong about people who are gay or lesbian,” Lamparello’s site says – under a red disclaimer that offers a link to Falwell’s site. Falwell believes homosexuality is a sin that gays and lesbians must repent of and resist. The Supreme Court –

Appeals court OKs Jerry Falwell Web site

RICHMOND, Va. — The owner of a Web site critical of the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s views on homosexuality did not violate trademark laws by using a misspelling of the evangelist’s name as the site’s domain name, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reversed a lower court decision, ruling that Christopher Lamparello of New York City can continue to operate his “gripe site” at www.fallwell.com. “The result proves this is still America,” Lamparello said in a telephone interview. “Just because someone who’s a lot more powerful than I am

Court hears Falwell Web domain arguments

RICHMOND, Va. A Web site critical of the Rev. Jerry Falwell‘s views on gays contains constitutionally protected, noncommercial speech and should be allowed to keep its name a common misspelling for the conservative evangelist, a lawyer for the site owner argued Thursday. Christopher Lamparello of New York City, who operates fallwell.com, took his case to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seeking to reverse a federal judge’s ruling that he violated federal trademark law. In Context Falwell goes to court over parody Web site Falwell Gets Rights to Web Addresses Fallwell.com Jerry Falwell’s official site A lawyer

Falwell Integrates Faith Into Law School

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – The Rev. Jerry Falwell will open a law school this month in hopes of training a generation of attorneys who will fight for conservative causes. “We want to infiltrate the culture with men and women of God who are skilled in the legal profession,” Falwell said in a telephone interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. “We’ll be as far to the right as Harvard is to the left.” Graduates of the law school – part of Falwell’s Liberty University in Lynchburg, which is affiliated with his Baptist ministry – could tackle such issues as abortion rights

Falwell Gets Rights to Web Addresses

Associated Press, June 19, 2003 http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/6128627.htm LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Rev. Jerry Falwell says he has won the rights to two Internet domains that use his name after he threatened to again sue the man who set up the parody Web sites. Falwell said Wednesday that an Illinois entrepreneur decided to turn over jerryfalwell.com and jerryfallwell.com rather than face further legal action. The sites spoofed Falwell’s views on the Bible and his fund-raising methods. No one answered the phone Thursday night at a listing for Gary Cohn, of Highland Park, Ill., and messages left with his attorneys were not returned.

Falwell goes to court over parody Web site

AP, Nov. 26, 2002 http://www.dailypress.com/ By ADRIENNE SCHWISOW, Associated Press Writer CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A lawsuit filed by the Rev. Jerry Falwell against a parody Web site should be dismissed because the Baptist minister cannot disprove the site’s claim that he is a false prophet, lawyers argued Tuesday. The lawyers for Web site operator Gary Cohn also argued that the Virginia court where Falwell filed the lawsuit lacks jurisdiction because Cohn runs the site out of Highland Park, Ill., and has no interaction with Falwell, who lives in Lynchburg. “The whole context of this Web page is a statement of