CNet News.com reports that the religious nutjob Jeryy Falwell has failed to get the website, Fallwell.com closed down:
A legal spat over a Web site criticizing the Rev. Jerry Falwell for his antigay views won’t ascend to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The justices on Monday declined without comment to take up the evangelical preacher’s appeal, which challenged the operator of Fallwell.com, a site that aims to explain “why Rev. Falwell is completely wrong about people who are gay or lesbian.” The televangelist had claimed the domain name’s spelling was too close to that of his official Web presence and asked the courts to shut it down.
The site in question is quite interesting, in that it disproves many of Falwell’s teachings on gay and lesbianism. The court decided that the domain name and site name does not infringe trademarks and is sufficiently different from Falwell’s own site at jerryfalwell.com.
Score one for free speech.