Saturday, February 2, 2008
THE NFL'S RULES
There are legal restrictions that limit TV screens to 55 inches at public viewings. There is an exception for sports bars and restaurants if they regularly broadcast sporting events - but there's no exception for churches. Presenting the game along with a message, even at halftime, is forbidden, according to the league. Plus, using the phrase Super Bowl on church fliers or on Web sites is illegal because it suggests some NFL affiliation.
An intellectual-property attorney says the NFL is exaggerating their ownership rights by saying that any use is prohibited. The Wall Street Journal quotes the lawyer, who has worked with companies like Nike, as saying “trademarked phrases as the Super Bowl are allowed free use under the First Amendment as long as it doesn't damage the brand or imply an official endorsement. And it's unlikely anyone would believe a halftime testimonial reflects an NFL position."
• A congregation of New York deaf Christians cancelled plans to broadcast the game with closed captioning after learning the league might sue them.
• The NFL directly ordered Fall Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis to stop plans to show the game on a 12-foot-wide screen last year. This time, instead of gathering in the sanctuary, the church has planned many smaller viewing parties in the homes of Sunday School teachers.
• Louisville, Kentucky’s Southeast Christian had planned for 700 people at last year’s party but a switch to a smaller, legal screen took the number down to 400. The church is holding this year's party at a Tex-Mex restaurant.
• The Keystone Hills Baptist Church in Sand Springs, Oklahoma plans five house parties for church members. To avoid mentioning Super Bowl on the website, the church’s website: "You know the Super Sunday game we're talking about?...The one with all the expensive funny new commercials and that is usually a blowout by the 3rd quarter?...Yeah, that one."
WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN
Former NFL quarterback and now Democratic congressman Heath Shuler of North says that if the league keeps pushing churches, he plans to introduce a bill that would exempt churches from the screen-size restrictions. And the civil rights group The Rutherford Institute is threatening to sue the NFL on behalf of an Alabama church.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Are you more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who sees the office as a privilege to serve others, with a responsibility to God?
Yes – 84% of 18-29 year-olds
Yes – 62% of 50-64 year-olds
Would you vote for a presidential candidate who does not believe in God?
No – 49%
Yes – 20%
Would not affect vote – 20%
Source: Zogby Poll
A federal appeals court has unanimously reversed a judge's decision and ruled that the free speech rights of a nonprofit organization were violated when the state refused to issue specialty license plates with the message Choose Life. Arizona's License Plate Commission had approved plates for police and firefighter groups as well as the Wildlife Conservation Council, before turning down the Arizona Life Coalition. Just a few days ago, a federal judge ordered the state of Missouri to issue Choose Life plates. In his ruling, he said state laws were too broad in allowing license-plate messages to be rejected because of their content.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Mike Huckabee 30%
Mitt Romney 30%
John McCain 28%
The Republican pro-choice vote went this way in Florida:
John McCain 43%
Mitt Romney 26%
Rudy Giuliani 20%
Source: CBS News Florida exit poll
Personal Debt 81%
TV & Movie Content 79%
Homosexual lifestyles 75%
Global warming 33%
The findings were quite different when all American adults were included in the survey.
Personal Debt 78%
Global warming 57%
TV & Movie Content 45%
Homosexual lifestyles 35%
Political efforts of conservative Christians 23%