Thanks to Dee’s efforts at The Wartburg Watch, we get the following developments. Pastor or Rev. O’Neal, Beaverton Grace Bible Church, has issued a press release re: a defamation suit against former parishioners blogging about him and his church. Apparently, the Rev. and Elders believe this is about “defamation” rather than about “free speech.” As we noted earlier, Reformation Anglicanism wants to see the pleadings. Further, we hope this goes to trial, including the phase of discovery. Or course, American non-readers think there is an absolute and unfettered claim to "free speech," as if defamation is not a limitation. Notice all the cowardly posters with anonymity at www.survivors.com, cowards, the lot of them. Putting forward defamatory claims, with malice, anger and without facts, deserves scrutiny. English common law, state laws and federal laws have recognized this. In a world where every fatuous and illiterate voice claims legitimacy and equivalency of merit, rules, laws and morality needs to be reviewed. This is an important case. What are the facts? What are the Oregon state "statutes?" What are the rulings on this in OR law? On that end, The Wartburg Watch is ill-equipped. Yet, we are thankful for their coverage. We hope to follow it. http://thewartburgwatch.com/pastor-chuck-oneal-press-release/
Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion, ed. John T. McNeill, trans. Ford Lewis Battles, The Library of Christian Classics, XX‑XXI. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1960.