Back in June, I posted about Julie Anne Smith. You can read that brief post here.
She had been sued by her former pastor, Chuck O’ Neal, of Beaverton Grace Bible Church. Pastor O’Neal had claimed damages of $500,000, after Ms. Smith posted a negative google review about her former church and the authoritarian style of the pastor.
The court has found, that Julie Anne was expressing her views in a public forum and that it was protected as Free Speech. A real victory for bloggers seeking to shed light on abusive practices in the church.
In a true stroke of poetic justice, the judge has ordered that Pastor O’Neal pay for Julie Anne’s legal costs and attorney fees.
Special thanks to The Wartburg Watch for keeping me up to date on this story.