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Cease and desist

3 November 2010

What is it about Americans with their “cease and desist” letters?

Two years ago it was a J. Mark Brewer demanding that cartoon blogger Dave Walker “cease and desist” from commenting on Brewer’s destruction of the SPCK chain of Christian bookshops.

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.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. 3 November 2010 10:01 pm

    Perhaps the people you single out for comment are not Christians but merely religionists: Pharisees in wolves clothing! Bah, humbug!

  2. 3 November 2010 10:30 pm

    No inspiration from God there, methinks — and no inspiration for me from Mr $erullo. But what else should we expect from prosperity theologians? This isn’t Christianity: it’s $$$$ianity.

  3. 3 November 2010 10:44 pm

    Mammon. Plain and simple.

  4. Bene D permalink
    4 November 2010 2:55 am

    Thanks for the link.

    Curello has a big following in the UK. Setting lawyers on a co-op venture isn’t going to win Inspiration any viewers.

    Blog on!

  5. Liam permalink
    4 November 2010 3:01 am

    Old news. No blogger I’ve seen has any facts on this story, there is no use talking about it anymore.

  6. 4 November 2010 12:06 pm

    Why does American Religion Inc. so often come across as a bunch of heavy-handed bullies?

    Because we are often heavy-handed bullies.

    Christianity in America is about law and order, about baptizing a mythical American past and most of all about baptizing individuality – AKA selfishness.

    American Christianity is about the first shall be first because they worked hard for it and the last shall be last because they can’t be bothered to work.

    Accepting some Officially Approved Ideas about Jesus is a completely different religion from following what Jesus taught.

  7. EZRA permalink
    4 November 2010 8:03 pm

    Initial letters spell TIN, not steel.
    So here are yet more American tinmen with bullying tactics.
    If they only had a heart/brain/soul!

  8. 5 November 2010 7:20 am

    Ezra your broke me up! Especially since I come from the very real Land of Oz!

  9. 6 November 2010 6:13 pm

    That’s pretty disgusting. I often say that it is 95% of lawyers that give the rest of us a bad name. I think the same is true of American television ministries.


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