Cease and desist
What is it about Americans with their “cease and desist” letters?
And now The Inspiration Network, a big US company which was bought by TV evangelist Morris Cerullo from another TV evangelist, Jim Bakker, is sending “cease and desist” letters to a Methodist youth group in the UK because they had inadvertently chosen the same name, Steelroots, as one of The Inspiration Network’s subsidiaries. As blogger Bene Diction Blogs On says
The Cerullo’s network people could have written Sheffield without legal heavy-handedness, offered to help with transition costs, re-launch etc. But they didn’t.
Right. Consumer confusion. We silly Christian couch potatoes are going to get all mixed up as religious media consumers. Sheffield UK. Indian Land SC. (I mix up my continents and countries up all the time, don’t you?). Different efforts; an 80 million dollar a year network and music videos, versus a couple of church trusts. Kids sponsoring other kids in Tanzania, versus boy bands. We can’t be trusted to tell the difference between .com and .org., a website and a television network. Entertainment versus service. Too tough for me. It’s about the bottom line, can’t have a donation going to the wrong place now can we? There is a City of Light to build and a world-wide media dream to pursue.
Why does American Religion Inc. so often come across as a bunch of heavy-handed bullies?
Perhaps Christians around the world could send letters to The Inspiration Network suggesting that they cease and desist from bullying, and rather display a little Christian love.