Why I’m Not Afraid of Libel

You’ve probably heard the term slander before. You may have even heard that I’m “slandering pastors.”

 

Incorrect.

 

The correct term would be “libel.”

Libel is written word against someone else, IF it is untrue.

 

Why am I not afraid of libel? Many reasons. The first is this: nothing I write about Daniel Jones, Nathan Davies or Lloyd Zeigler is untrue. I can either verify it (because it happened to me) or I have witnesses who can verify it happened. Multiple witnesses.

 

In 1964, there was a court case called New York Times vs. Sullivan. The case extended the protection offered the press by the First Amendment. L.B. Sullivan, a police commissioner in Montgomery, Ala., had filed a libel suit against the New York Times for publishing inaccurate information about certain actions taken by the Montgomery police department. In overturning a lower court’s decision, the Supreme Court held that debate on public issues would be inhibited if public officials could sue for inaccuracies that were made by mistake. The ruling made it more difficult for public officials to bring libel charges against the press, since the official had to prove that a harmful untruth was told maliciously and with reckless disregard for truth. (Source)

 

So, they would have to prove that I told a harmful untruth (STOPPED RIGHT THERE), and that I had a malicious and reckless disregard for the truth.

 

Case closed. I continue to speak. Join me. Or let them keep intimidating people into silence.

3 thoughts on “Why I’m Not Afraid of Libel”

  1. It can seem like a thin line sometimes Lisa, and when people try to intimidate you by accusing you of slander and the like it seems like you do a good thing to be certain of your ground and not be silenced. 🙂

    For whatever it’s worth (beyond the simple legal technicalities) I think you do a very good job of sharing clearly WHY you are sharing these things and also for who’s benefit.

  2. Key word here is “untrue” and the arguments usually devolve into layers of perception. That is why libel cases are notoriously difficult to prosecute in court. Still a few are won due to what is published in the grocery store rags. winning lible court cases is NOT a growth industry.

  3. “All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke).

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