28 April 2008

If God insists on resting on the seventh day, He's never going to break Ripken's record.

The With Leather sports blog offers a bit of insight into the increasingly-strange trademark dust-up between Little League Baseball and the upstart Christian Little League. Confronted by Little League's lawsuit, With Leather reports that the founder of Christian Little League, Jay Kaplan
responded the only way a righteous Christian jackass knows how: by being a righteous Christian jackass.
"GOD is the ultimate judge and has the final say," he wrote in a March 15 letter to Little League's lawyers. Before filing suit Thursday, the organization's lawyers contacted Kaplan in a March 7 letter demanding that he stop using the Little League tag. The similar names could mislead and confuse the public by suggesting an affiliation between the groups, the lawyers wrote...

"Christian Little League was GOD's idea and it is a great and wonderful idea," wrote Kaplan, who grew up Jewish and converted to Christianity. "I have no plans on changing the name GOD gave me." [...] "My position is Little League should embrace the name of Jesus. Let's start with that."

From what I've read of this case, Little League's position looks like the stronger one, notwithstanding Kaplan's compelling arguments. Still, if God really has directed the formation and naming of this allegedly-infringing league, I don't envy the attorney who has to take the Big Guy's deposition.

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