What The Ruling Means…And What It Doesn’t
We thank them for carrying this difficult and stressful campaign to the end.
As I said yesterday, this is a major victory for bloggers and the exercise of free speech.
Indeed, it is a landmark case.
If this ruling had gone the other way it would have been open season on bloggers who write on these topics, especially those who break stories not published in the mainstream media.
Now, we can be relatively confident that if we have signed statements and documentation on the stories we write that we have the legal protection to do so.
Almost ten years ago, I wrote on these pages that blogs like this would become the vehicle for bringing accountability to those places that refused to incorporate it on their own.
Calvary Chapel responded that we were just “25 angry people”…
My, how those numbers have grown and the blogs have multiplied since then.
The little dogs can continue to bark.
What the ruling does not do is establish the guilt or innocence of either party, nor does it establish a mechanism to determine such.
In reality, we’re back at square one.
The only “reform’ Chuck Smith is interested in at the moment is purging “Calvinists”, “emergents” and pretenders to his throne from the movement.
He’s very interested in those matters.
Pastors accused of child abuse…not so much.
Not at all, actually.
There have been calls from the rank and file CC pastors (and some higher than rank and file) for there to be some action taken on this matter as the publicity has increased since the lawsuit.
Unfortunately, the buck stops at Costa Mesa…and Chuck is good at pocketing bucks.
So, my blogging brothers and sisters keep talking.
Speak the truth in love, speak it with clarity, and speak it with grace…but keep speaking.
The job is just beginning…