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Saturday, August 25, 2012

I'm Being Sued?

Almost a month ago, I wrote about how I had been banned by a couple of Facebook users FaceBookers, The Question Evolution Project and True Dinos.  In the post I invited both of them to respond.  It took them three weeks, but Cowboy Bob Sorensen did on this blog,
and Aaron Tullock did on his True Dinos Facebook FB page.
I'm a physicist, not a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure I didn't post anything illegally.  Both of the Facebook pages are public, as are their web pages.  I believe that the Fair Use Doctrine may apply.

As to the defamation charge, Aaron needs to know the difference between slander and libel.  Notwithstanding the vocabulary, I think libel is " to publish in print (including pictures), writing or broadcast through radio, television or film, an untruth about another which will do harm to that person or his/her reputation, by tending to bring the target into ridicule, hatred, scorn or contempt of others." [dictionary.law.com]  If Aaron can point out the untruth, I will gladly retract.

By the way, Cowboy Bob and Aaron, calling you out for your scientific nonsense is not ridiculing you for spreading your gospel.  I'm ridiculing you for believing in creationist gibberish.

Lastly, I will take this opportunity to once again invite them to address the issue that led them to ban me.

Both Cowboy Bob and Aaron are biblical literalists.  The bible literally says the Sun orbits the Earth.  [A historical point here.  Galileo was tried and convicted by the Catholic Church in 1633 for promoting the heliocentric model for which Pope John Paul II apologized in 1992.]  Do they adhere to the biblical view or is their bible wrong on this matter?  To make matters easy on them I will once again provide a link to true biblical literalists that know what the bible says on this. Galileo Was Wrong; The Church Was Right.

They are invited to comment here using whatever language they deem appropriate.  I ask that they do not do so anonymously.  They will not be banned.

I wonder if they will extend to me the same courtesy?


  1. Why do you take screen shots, anyway? Have you read facebook's ToS? Where does religion factor into you capturing screen shots?

    1. Hi Kendra,

      Screen shots are a handy way of documentation. With a screen shot there is no way anyone can claim to be taken out of context. I have read all of the Facebook Terms of Service; I have also read the relevant section of US copyright law (Section 107, Title 17, U.S. Code) regarding Fair Use. As to religion, it plays no part in screen shots use.

      I appreciate you reading my blog and for taking the time to comment.

  2. Ashley Haworth-RobertsSeptember 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Vann Priest

    I have recently exchanged emails with Mr Bob Sorensen, one of the two Bible literalist Christians that you have encountered and who appear unwilling to debate their science and Bible beliefs in a meaningful manner. I am about to forward the exchanges for information.

    Are you aware of Mr Sorensen's blog post dated 9 September, as here (it's in two parts):

    Although I sent him an email (copied to staff at Answers in Genesis as he was discussing on one of AiG's Facebook pages whether to allow critical, or supportive, comments under blog posts), rather than signing up for Facebook and challenging him on his or someone else's Facebook page, I too was labelled a 'troll' by Mr Sorensen. He seemed to think that I visit Facebook using 'fake' identities, and that i might have been banned from Georgia Purdom's Facebook page recently. Neither is correct.

    Mr Ashley Haworth-Roberts (my real name)