Tag Archives: Google

Blogger Sued by Former Pastor Wins in Court

27 Jul

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.

You can read more here and here.

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.

Is Young Life a Cult ? Introducing….Young Life Watch

11 Jun
English: YLlogo

English: YLlogo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I started this blog, I had no idea what I’d be writing about and how people would respond.  Overall, I’ve found that I love to write and genuinely enjoy the folks who take the time to comment and add to the discussion.

One of my big surprises, has been the huge amount of hits due to Google searches on Young Life.  In fact, the number one search engine phrase that people use when clicking to the christianagnostic is “Young Life Cult” or some similar phrasing.  It seems, that there are a lot of people with questions about Young Life, but there are not a lot of places on the web that discuss the ministry with candor.

Since the focus of my blog is not exclusive to Young Life, I’ve set up a separate blog called Young Life Watch.  All of my older posts dealing with Young Life can be found there, and hopefully, it  can be a place where people with questions or insight to Young Life can go and discuss the relevant issues.

If you have story to tell, or a question about Young Life, please click on over and add to the discussion!

Pastor Sues Former Member for Negative Google Review

15 May

Thanks to the folks at The Wartburg Watch for making me aware of this story.  You can find their discussion of this story here.

I was especially interested, because this church is not too far away from where I live.

You  can view the KATU news report here:

KATU-Beaverton Grace Bible Church Sues Former Member