The Source of every Christian, and thus the Church, is YAHWEH, the Creator.
Because those who were once the depositaries of truth became unfaithful to their sacred trust,
the LORD chose others who would receive the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness,
and would advocate truths that were not in accordance with the ideas of the religious leaders.
And then these leaders, in the blindness of their minds, give full sway to what is supposed
to be righteous indignation against the ones who have set aside cherished fables.
Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 69, 70
[Updated 2/4/17 - see Recent Information at the bottom of this page]
For some time now, the Creation Seventh Day (and) Adventist Church has been involved in educating Christians in the Gospel, in that "faith which was once delivered unto the saints." (Jude 1:3) From the beginning of our ministry we have been opening up the exceedingly precious promises of the Bible to those who would have treasures laid up in Heaven. We have shared the great blessing once known within Adventism, that "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His Seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not." (1 John 3:9, 5:18)
Now, however, the religious liberty that has allowed us to speak the truth in the name of Adventism is being threatened. As our Savior once told us, "a man's foes shall be they of his own household." (Mat 10:36) Based upon the Word of God, we have become convicted of the teaching that whenever an ecclesiastical organization has recourse to civil power, that religious body becomes a corrupt institution, and reveals its nature openly as a fallen church. In the words of SDA writer Ellen White, "Force is the last resort of every false religion." [The Signs of the Times, May 6, 1897]
In the year 1981 the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists enacted a civil law with the United States government, trademarking its name. From that time it has gone forward, taking faithful individuals and ministries to court who could not, in good conscience, either submit to the Conference's strategies or surrender the name "Seventh Day Adventist," believing it to be a mark of their faith. Where coercion and threats have failed, force has been employed by the leaders of denominational Adventism to accomplish their aims and "protect the church" from those it perceives as its enemies. However, "It is only when Christians mistakenly come to believe that Christ's kingdom is of this world that they resort to force in defending what they take to be its interests. [SDA Bible Commentary, Vol.5, p. 527]
An important part of the Gospel for these last days is not merely an individual abstinence from known sins, but also a corporate purity. The Bride of Christ is one Bride, and it does not have recourse to the world for heavenly motives. Adventists once taught that to go to human strength in support of a spiritual matter is a rejection of the very Sabbath commandment! Creation Seventh Day Adventists continue to teach this startling message: that the 10 Commandments must be kept in both letter AND spirit, and the Spirit of the Sabbath involves trusting in Christ to take care of His own people. In all of ecclesiastical history, whenever there has been a union of church and state, an "image" of papal Rome - that first, great enemy of Christianity - has been formed; the Sabbath has been lightly regarded, and "It has ever been true that a backslidden body, one that has turned from God's word to men, from God's power to the state, was never reformed in itself. Invariably God's message has called out those from the fallen church who would do His will and preach His gospel." [SDA Sabbath School Quarterly, 1896]
Remember, "it is not the true church of God that makes war with those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. It is the people who make void the law, who place themselves on the side of the dragon, and persecute those who vindicate God's precepts." [Signs of The Times, 22 April, 1889]
Though the satanic efforts put forth by the General Conference in enforcing its decrees have gone relatively unreported in the past few years, it must not be thought that they have turned from their course of action. Indeed, recent information shows that they are going forward with their oppressive law, and a new round of legislation is about to begin. Please see the hyperlinks above to examine each of the key issues introduced here in greater detail, and may the Almighty be with the reader as the following quotations are considered:
"To punish those who were supposed to be evildoers, the church has had recourse to the civil power. [...] But it is the spirit of Satan, not the Spirit of Christ, that inspires such acts. This is Satan's own method of bringing the world under his dominion." [Christ's Object Lessons, p. 74]
"The same spirit that actuated those who persecuted the true church in ages past, will lead Protestants to pursue a similar course toward those who will maintain their loyalty to God. Church and state are now making preparations for the last great conflict." [Review and Herald, 23 January, 1908]
"Boldly will men of God's appointment denounce the union of the church with the world. Earnestly will they call upon men and women to turn from the observance of a man-made institution to the observance of the true Sabbath. 'Fear God, and give glory to Him," they will proclaim to every nation; "for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. . . . If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation.' Revelation 14:7-10." [Prophets and Kings, page 186]
The First Angel - The Gospel: Victory over SinThe Victorious Life
Claiming the Victory: Ellen G. White
The Two Pauls
Creation and Evolution
Whirlwind and Scepter
Romans 1 - 8
1 John - A Detailed Study
Common Objections to The Victory
The Second Angel - A Strong Voice: Babylon is FallenSued by a Fictitious Person: A Paper Describing the Apostasy Manifested in the Current Trademark Lawsuit
Hated of All Men for His Name's Sake: The sequel to Sued by a Fictitious Person written in March '09
Bible Readings for the Home Defines "the image to the beast."
All Manner of Beasts
1896 Sabbath School Lesson
1896 Sabbath School Lesson (page 17)
1896 Sabbath School Lesson (page 18)
1918 Sabbath School Lesson
The Mark in Prophecy
1893: The SDA Church is Not Babylon
Appearing to Fall
The Third Angel - The Trademark: Seal of A False ReligionA 2007 Letter of Appeal to the SDA Church Members
SDA Open Letter
Crucified Afresh PDF / Word / MP3 Audio
Questions and Answers: The 10 Virgins
The Mark and The Seal
The Five Towers
Jeremiah: A Prophecy Against The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Letter showing the source of funding for the General Conference's legal department: the sacred tithe
Articles about The Mark of The Beast
Editorial: What Adventists Once Believed
Religious Liberty Reclaimed
Coercion and ThreatsThe SDA Trademark Documentation:
Letter of demand to the Standish brothers
Letter of demand to the Rogue Valley Historic SDA church
Notice of contest to Troy SDA church
Letter to the Eternal Gospel church
Correspondences with The General Conference
Employment of ForceTM Wars: A timeline of the litigation
Associated Press article: Adventist denomination sues a church
Court documents regarding the infamous "Eternal Gospel" lawsuit [PDF file]
Court ruling in Eternal Gospel case
TM Alert: A compilation of relevant articles
John Marik's Testimony [MP3 Audio]
Corporate PurityThe Judgment of the Living
The Christ, The Beast, and The Corporation [Mp4 video]
Appearing To Fall
Fill Up The Measure
A Sure Covenant
The Trademark: Making Void the LawThe Sabbath Rest Principle [Mp3 Audio]
The Spirit of The Law
The Mark and The Seal
1896 Sabbath School lesson: Page 1 Page 2 [Best if printed]
(These documents show the original - and correct - Adventist position on the Sabbath and Lawsuits)
Timeline of Legal Updates (Oldest first)Letter of demand to owner of Davidian SDA domain names:Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
Update 07/19/05: It has been revealed to us that the General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists has begun to move forward with their expected legal persecution of the Creation Seventh Day (and) Adventist Church. A letter has been drafted, but not yet received by our members, which follows the same mode of delivery as was undertaken in the above-mentioned letter to the Davidian, and the previous letters of demand that have been sent to various other Adventist believers over time. With prayer, and by the grace of the Almighty, we will stand in the face of this great evil, and witness for the purity of the Faith of our Savior.
Update 07/22/05: Pastor Walter "Chick" McGill has drafted a letter to the lawfirm being used by the General Conference to enforce the Trademark asking for their understanding in the delay of his receiving the letter, as he is away currently on an evangelistic mission. The Letter may be read HERE.
Update 10/21/05: Pastor "Chick" has received a certified letter from the General Conference Corporation's attorneys, demanding the surrender of several domain names. This letter appears, upon inspection, to be merely a copy of a previous letter sent to the owner of some domain names maintained by the owner of davidiansda.org, containing only insignificant alterations (see Davidian related communication in the above links). From the letter itself, it appears that the facts of the correspondance have been confused, as they refer to communications with him through the Davidian SDAs (that never took place), and all but one of the domain names they cited are / were owned by the Davidians.. Pastor "Chick" has sent an answer to the letter via certified mail.
Demand letter : Introductory letter Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
Pastor "Chick"s response may be read HERE.
Update 03/22/06:The General Conference attorneys have now sent documents to our web-hosting company complaining of certain trademark violations among our domain names.Asdocumentation becomes available we plan to post for your reading.
Update 05/27/06: We have received notice that the General Conference Corporation of SDAs is now threatening our internet domain names on the world scale. Pastor "Chick" has received email notification that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center has received a complaint against several of our websites, this complaint being dated at May 23rd of this year.
We have also received word that Vincent Ramik (attorney for the General Conference Corporation) has sent a box containing some kind of information to pastor "Chick." As it turns out, pastor "Chick" had recently left on an evangelism trip to Canada, to meet with some of the brethren there who were baptized this last Feast of Unleavened Bread. As such he was not available to receive the package (which we assume is related to the WIPO complaint). When we discover the contents of this package, we will inform our readers.
For now, the CSDA Church covets the prayers of those who have been following our work and ministry. If this matter indeed goes as the Conference would have it go on a world scale, things could move forward very quickly to the end; for when the Trademark is imposed upon the people of Yah on a worldwide stage, it will not be long before the voice of the Witness ceases to be heard on the earth, and then the end will come. Our prayers are with all those who have been sympathizers and supporters, and may Yahshua find our houses in order upon His grand and glorious return.
Update 06/09/06: We have received notice that the official arbitration procedure has begun as of June 8th of this year. We are now in the 20-day response process, and will be making reply to WIPO in a timely fashion, Yahweh willing. The complaint document itself may be viewed HERE. Let us be fervent in prayer as matters continue to develop.
Update 06/16/06: We finally received a seven pound package from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in Geneva, Switzerland. It contains the complaint filed by the General Conference, along with all annexes and other official policies set for the arbitration process. This is evidently a duplication of the box that the General Conference attorney tried to have delivered to Pastor "Chick" at the church house in Tennessee.
Update 06/28/06: Our response has been sent to the WIPO domain dispute center by email and by FedEx as of yesterday, 27th of June. The response may be viewed HERE, and the list of annexes sent may be viewed HERE. Our prayers continue upward for Yah's perfect will to be done in this situation.
Update 09/02/06: We have received the decision of the arbitration panel appointed by WIPO. The decision of the panel is that all four of the domain names under dispute must be turned over to the Conference. This will be done automatically at some point in the near future; therefore, we are in the process of updating our current site to house all of our relevant data. We are anticipating that local litigation may follow at any time, therefore we ask for the continued prayers and support of those who protest any and all unions of civil power with ecclesiastical authority. The decision documents that pertain to our case may be read HERE and HERE. The official online WIPO decision may be accessed HERE.
Update 09/27/06:The SDA trademark lawsuit expected for the past 15 years has now begun. The "image of the beast" is imposing "the mark" on the "Remnant Church of Creation 7th Day Adventists." The legal complaint may be viewed by clicking HERE or HERE for printable PDF format. An explanation of our reasons for not yielding the name "SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST" can be accessed here [Mp4 Video]
Update 10/10/06: The General Conference of SDA is now threatening Pastor "Chick" with a demand letter regarding a CSDA domain name in Canada. See images of the letter and Canadian trademark documents following:
Demand Letter, page 1
Demand Letter, page 2
Trademark Document, page 1
Trademark Document, page 2
The Canadian website is accessed HERE or HERE Pastor "Chick" will be answering the demand letter in a timely manner.
Update 10/20/06: Read Pastor "Chick's" response to Associate General Counsel Parker's demand letter HERE.
Update 11/01/06: The new book entitled Finally... Out of Darkness, Into His Marvelous Light was mailed to all of the Conference Offices in North America today. Read the CSDA Church Membership Cover Letter enclosed with the gift book HERE.
Update 12/24/06: The official scheduling order for the McGill lawsuit has been received. A jury trial is set for January 7, 2008 (a three-day trial is expected).
Update 03/25/07: A two-page letter has been sent out to a large number of Adventists to inform them of the Trademark lawsuit, of which most are unaware. Positive responses have already begun to be received as a result of this information.
Update 05/17/07: A Letter of Appeal dated April, 2007, has been drafted to and posted for the benefit of the General Conference Seventh-day Adventist membership.
Letter of Concern: Written from an elderly Adventist Dad to his beloved Son (a prominent SDA Church evangelist).
Update 11/17/07: Judge James Todd rescheduled the three-day jury trial to begin June 2, 2008. Lead attorney for the Plaintiffs, Jeffrey Tew, has officially withdrawn from the trademark lawsuit.
Update 04/29/08: A court order was filed by the judge denying the General Conference motion to prevent a jury trial. This is a signal victory in the McGill case.
Update 05/30/08: Judge Daniel Breen rescheduled the three-day jury trial to begin Monday, October 6th at 9:30 a.m.
Update 06/16/08: An order granting in part and denying in part [pdf/doc] the General Conference's motion for a summary judgment was issued on June 11, 2008. The trademarked name "Seventh day Adventist" was upheld by the judge's decision. A complete victory was denied the Conference, however, regarding the words "SDA and "Adventist." As more information about what this decision means for the CSDA movement becomes available, we will update this page.
Update 09/04/08: The trial has been moved to an unset date pending a mediation conference between Pastor McGill and the Plaintiffs, set for October 2nd. The purpose of the conference is to attempt to reach a compromise regarding the remaining issues - the acronym "S.D.A." and the name "Adventist." While the mediation is supposedly voluntary, Pastor McGill's attorney agreed to it on his behalf and without his consent. The attorney was dismissed from the case as a result. Nonetheless, the court denied his motion to cancel the mediation and has mandated his appearance. Pastor McGill has certified to the court that he will not be attending the mediation conference, as he has no conscientious grounds for compromise.
Update 05/27/09: An injunction is issued by Judge Daniel Breen enjoining the Church from using the names Seventh-day Adventist, Seventh-day, Adventist, or the acronym SDA with an order to submit a sworn notice of compliance to the Court by June 17, 2009. No compliance report was filed.
Update 08/20/09: An appellant brief has been filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by the defendant.
Update 11/21/09: The attorneys for the General Conference have submitted a proposed order of contempt to the Court. While it has yet to be accepted or rejected by the Judge, it is highly significant as it reveals clearly the intent and desires of the General Conference towards dissenters. Written as though it were by the Judge himself, the General Conference seeks in the document - among other things - the immediate arrest and incarceration of Pastor McGill as soon as he returns to any part of the United States, the dispatch of a U.S. Federal Marshal to the Guys property - accompanied by and under the direction of the General Conference's representative - to confiscate and destroy all signs and materials displaying or even containing the terms "Adventist," "SDA," "CSDA," etc., the removal of several domain names and websites, including several domains such as thefourthangel.net which have no relation to the Church name, and the authority to carry out an investigation into the identities of anyone other than Pastor McGill who may be assisting in proclaiming the CSDA message.
The sheer similarity between the words in this document and the words of the Papacy during the Reformation are so striking that they ought to make any supporter of the trademark policy blush in shame. A document written by the church for the magistrate to adopt and enforce, authorizing the destruction of heretical materials by an officer of the law acting under the direct physical supervision of an agent of the church, the imprisonment of dissenters wherever they may be found until such a time as they recant, and the authority to seek out and find any others who dare defy the ruling - all because of the name in which we teach our faith. Truly the image bears a striking resemblance to the beast.
Update 12/14/09: The Magistrate Judge has filed a report and recommendation with the Court advising it to adopt the contempt of court charges requested by the Conference and award them attorney's fees, as well as the confiscation of virtually all domain names related to the CSDA faith, whether making use the name or not. The Magistrate Judge advised against the use of U.S. Marshals, as the GC had requested, and instead advised the Court to order the GC to take down the signs either themselves or through their agents, and to present the Defendant with the bill.
Update 1/6/10: Judge Breen adopts the Magistrate judge's recommendation in full and issues an order of contempt against Pastor McGill. The order also authorizes the seizure of several websites suspected of association with or ownership by the CSDA Church, including some not violative of the injunction.
Update 2/4//10: The Conference attorneys issue a list of questions to be asked Pastor McGill at a second deposition hearing, including questions as to the specific bank account numbers and property holdings of not only his own, but those belonging to anyone who may be considered to be in any way associated with him - even his relatives. Pastor McGill has certified he will not attend the deposition.
Update 2/11/10: Notice is received from the attorneys for the General Conference that the raid by Federal Marshals on behalf of the General Conference will occur on February 12th at 11:00 am. Advertisements are run in area newspapers for a religious liberty rally on the date to protest the infringement of First Amendment rights. The same day, the General Conference sends notice of the date being changed for undisclosed reasons to the 16th. The date of the rally is likewise altered to the 16th at 9:00 am. ABC News in Jackson, Tennessee covers the impending raid and trademark conflict.
Update 2/16/10: Attorneys for the General Conference, accompanied by a Constable and videographer, arrive at the CSDA Church building with a sign crew in tow and destroy the church's signs. Officials also confiscate various religious materials, books, and articles from the building while a picket line protests the church-state union and trademark enforcement. During the raid, the audio testimony of Dr. David Aguilar is played via loudspeakers on the property. ABC News, The Daily Corinthian, and the McNairy County News offer coverage of the event, and a video of "some reaching up their hands to remove the banner, and obscure it's significance" may be seen here.
Update 3/8/10: Signs are restored on the Church building via white paint. Pictures may be seen here and here. ABC News and The Daily Corinthian cover the event.
Update 3/18/10: Correspondence takes place between Joel Galanter, attorney for the General Conference, and Lucan Chartier, Pastor McGill's assistant, regarding a subpoena served on him in conjunction with the case. Mr. Chartier indicates he will not attend the deposition, nor will he resist if the Conference wishes to start contempt proceedings with the intention of placing him in jail.
Update 3/25/10: A motion for contempt is issued against Lucan Chartier for both refusal to appear at deposition and the repainting of the Church signs. It is apparent from prior correspondence that the sole aim of this is incarceration, as Mr. Chartier has certified that contempt will yield neither compliance nor monetary gain. Three other individuals are also named in the paper, despite not being members of the Church nor being present or aware of the sign's repainting, after they were identified as being present at the protests on February 16th.
Update 3/26/10: A motion for more sanctions and further contempt charges is filed against Pastor McGill by the Conference, this time in response to his refusal to attend a Discovery hearing to answer such questions as specific bank account information and properties owned by himself or anyone who may in any way be potentially associated with him, including relatives and employees. The full list of questions intended to be posed may be found here.
Update 4/03/10: We have received a copy of the oral arguments held in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinatti, Ohio on March 11th. The audio may be downloaded in Realaudio format here and in mp3 format here. The file is approximately 35 minutes in length. Voices in the audio transcript are Charles Holliday for the defendant, Joel Galanter for the General Conference, and Judges Sutton, Kennedy, and Moore as the questioners. A ruling is expected in the upcoming months.
Update 5/22/10: Subpoenas are received by Lucan Chartier and three others to appear at a contempt hearing in Jackson, TN on the 25th of May at 10:00 am.
Update 5/29/10: An audio transcript of Mr. Chartier's testimony on May 25th is made available. ABC 7 in Jackson covers the hearing via interview, as cameras were not allowed in the Courtroom. The General Conference's attorneys dropped the request for sanctions against the other individuals who were not present for the repainting of the signs, however maintained their request for the Court to issue sanctions against Mr. Chartier and Pastor McGill, specifying a request for "civil commitment." It is probable that this was intended to mean incarceration, despite the term itself generally referring to a Court-ordered commitment to a mental health institute.
Heretofore, the entire matter has been at the choice of the General Conference. The Court order has been violated, and no CSDA member can cease doing so at the cost of their convictions. The only question has been whether the Conference would, as they did in the Marik case, press the matter to the Court and require them to enforce that order by incarcerating Commandment-keeping Christians. That has now been answered beyond all reasonable question. The Seventh-day Adventist denomination officially considers the protection of it's trademark more valuable than the freedom of Adventists themselves, and has, as the Jewish nation once before it, demanded "If thou let him go, thou art not the friend of Caesar." A Court ruling is expected in the near future.
Update 6/26/10: The report and recommendation to Judge Breen is filed by Magistrate Judge Bryant. Recommending that the Court find both Mr. Chartier and Pastor McGill in contempt, the Judge takes opportunity to give several observations regarding his perceptions, many of which are blatently inaccurate and/or condescending. Among other statements, the Judge commends Mr. Chartier for his sincerity and knowledge then proceeds to dismiss him as a misguided and inexperienced youth. He further reports that the Defendant took the name arbitrarily (despite a prior Court acknowledgment that it was based on Divine revelation), that they seized a property right (despite religious identity being an entirely different matter from property), and that they are creating confusion to the detriment of the General Conference (despite no evidence of such ever having been presented).
He further states that the proper method of resolving disputes in doctrine would be to take up the matter with the leaders of the Adventist church rather than separate (demonstrating a clear ignorance of the fact that such was attempted repeatedly), to take a different and distinctive name from the Plantiff's (disregarding the fact that the Defendant does use a different and distinctive name), and re-affirms the notion that the Court and the Plaintiff are not interfering with the Defendant's ability to freely practice their religion (despite it having been being repeatedly and forcefully presented that the use of the name is a part of the religion). As this is a report and recommendation to Judge Breen, the final decision is being awaited from his desk.
Update 8/10/10: The Court of Appeals hands down it's judgment and opinion on the case. Despite acknowledging that the beliefs of Pastor McGill and the CSDA Church are sincere, based on Divine mandate, and that the enforcement of the mark "Seventh-day Adventist" substantially burdens the practice of their religion, they proceed to affirm the decision of the District Court regardless, ruling in favor of the General Conference. Interestingly, to reach this conclusion the Court disregarded prior precedent on the meaning of RFRA, concluding that it could not apply to a private party attempting to enforce Federal laws on another, but instead only if the Government itself is a plaintiff or defendant.
Essentially, it does not matter if our freedom to exercise our religion is denied, so long as it is a church doing it with Federal power and enforcement, and not the Government itself initiating the action. The Court found that they did not have to meet any compelling burden test due to their rejection of RFRA, and concluded that while it is unlikely anyone would accidentally join the wrong church due to a similarity in name, they could envision someone reading the teachings of the CSDA Church and ascribing them to the General Conference mistakenly. In summary, the Court of Appeals ruled that questions of confusion over doctrine and religious writings are the domain of the U.S. Court system, subject to it's enforcement. It further ruled that appeals to religious liberty laws or requests for the Government to show "compelling interest" for this violation of religious freedom are irrelevant and will go unanswered so long as it is a church that brings the question and asks the Government to do it's bidding, and not the Government itself.
The inescapable conclusion is that religious persecution in the United States is perfectly acceptable so long as the Government is the tool of the church and not acting alone. Thus it was that the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists formed an image to Papal Rome for the enforcement of its mark. As we are still awaiting the ruling of Judge Breen regarding the request for contempt of court and subsequent penalties for Pastor McGill and Bro. Chartier, we expect the results of this church-state union to become apparent to all in a short period of time.
Update 10/30/10: Acting on the Report and Recommendation filed in June, the Conference's attorneys once again have the signs removed on October 6th. Bro. Chartier repaints the signs within a week. A subsequent motion for yet another contempt hearing is filed as a result, and a subpoena is served to Bro. Chartier to appear before Judge Bryant again on December 16th.
Update 11/08/10: A petition for a writ of certiorari has been filed with the Supreme Court of the United States, requesting the Court to hear the appeal. The primary legal question under dispute is whether the RFRA may be applied to civil suits in Federal Court based upon Federal law. The Rutherford Institute joins with an Amicus Curiae brief.
Update 1/15/11: As a result of the scheduled contempt hearing on December 16th, Judge Bryant issues another report and recommendation to Judge Breen, this time advising fines and specific jail terms for Bro. Chartier and Pastor McGill. The R&R follows the pattern of the prior one filed by Judge Bryant in June, containing more factual errors than are valuable to cite, in addition to the new element of a Biblical argument inserted into the legal document. Both Bro. Chartier and Pastor McGill file objections to the report with the Court on various grounds, including inappropriate procedure and RFRA violations.
Update 4/18/11: The Supreme Court denies the petition for a writ of certiorari without comment, effectively ending the Appeals process in the United States of America.
Update 4/5/12: Judge Breen hands down a Contempt ruling, modifying and granting in part the Report and Recommendation filed by Judge Bryant in January of 2011. The order authorizes arrest warrants for Pastor McGill and Bro. Chartier by the U.S. Marshal's Service on or after April 20th, fines of $500.00 each, and awards additional attorney's fees to the General Conference. Following earlier precedent in the case, Judge Breen entirely dismissed all religious liberty or RFRA claims due to the government not being a party in the lawsuit. Despite the government's non-plaintiff status, Federal agents will be dispatched to apprehend CSDA members. The impending arrests are covered by ABC News and the local Independent Appeal newspaper, with blog coverage by Spectrum Magazine and Adventist Today.
Update 7/14/12: After learning of the issuance of an arrest warrant on the 5th of July, 2012, Pastor McGill makes plans to surrender to the authorities near the campus of Loma Linda University in California following a press conference to be attended by several members of the local and national media. On the evening of Friday, July 13th, two days before the scheduled press conference, Pastor McGill is spotted by Adventist members and immediately taken into custody before he can surrender publicly. Pastor McGill has vowed to fast from solid foods for the duration of his incarceration. The arrest is covered by several media outlets, including the Press Enterprise, the Redlands-Loma Linda Patch, two articles (1 2) by the Jackson Sun, the Independant Appeal, CBS News in Memphis and ABC News in Jackson. Blog coverage is offered by Spectrum Magazine, Religiousliberty.tv, and Adventist Today with follow-up stories from Press Enterprise, ABC News, and the Redlands-Loma Linda Patch regarding the details of the arrest and sentence.
Update 7/18/12: The General Conference's standard press release regarding the case is published in full on the Redlands-Loma Linda Patch website. The CSDA Church offers an official statement in response, which is subsequently published in full on the same site.
Update 7/23/12: After learning of a warrant for his arrest, Bro. Chartier makes plans to turn himself in on July 31st at the Loma Linda University Church following a press conference. Due to the Adventist church's efforts to have Pastor McGill silenced before holding a similar press conference, Bro. Chartier states his intent to arrive in the area at the time of the event. The location is set to be the same as Pastor McGill's previously planned event.
Update 7/31/12: Following a 20-minute press conference, during which time he was able to deliver a statement to several members of the media, Bro. Chartier submitted himself to the authorities, and was incarcerated for an anticipated period of 10 days. He has vowed to fast as a protest for this violation of his religious liberty, and as a show of support for Pastor McGill. The conference and arrest are covered by the Press Enterprise, Redlands Loma-Linda Patch, and ABC 7 News. Blog coverage is offered by Spectrum Magazine and Adventist Today.
Meanwhile, ANN releases a poorly conceived report on the arrests, containing several false statements and implications in an attempt to justify their actions. A similar report is also broadcast on ANN television, with Todd MacFarlane from the General Conference's Office of General Counsel claiming that Pastor McGill attempted to confuse the public. Please see this F.A.Q. for the facts relevant to these claims.
Update 8/9/12: Bro. Chartier is released following his ten-day incarceration and fast. The Press Enterprise reports.
Update 8/11/12: Pastor "Chick" is released from jail following his thirty-day incarceration and fast, and announces his intent to continue his fast an additional ten days for a total of forty. During his incarceration at the behest of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pr. McGill was assaulted for refusing to work on the Sabbath. Pastor McGill read an official statement to assembled media and supporters outside of the jail. The story is covered by Redlands-Loma Linda Patch, as well as Press Enterprise and Spectrum Magazine.
Update 11/14/12: An online petition is launched at LibertyPetition.com protesting the incarcerations and demanding the Seventh-day Adventist Church to cease further legal action. The petition quickly gains traction with the media, and a feature article with an in-depth interview is published by the Jackson Sun. The Independent Appeal publishes it's own interview and coverage of the petition, and Religiousliberty.tv reports on the coverage.
Update 3/30/14: Pastor "Chick" begins a cross-country prayer walk of over 3,200 miles, during which he promotes the Liberty Petition and several Christian principles in various communities across the nation.
Update 4/29/15: Pastor "Chick" completes his cross-country prayer walk in Santa Monica, CA and commences smaller prayer walks across the country.
Update 7/23/15: The Seventh-day Adventist church leadership files a motion to add even further language to the permanent injunction. Coming three years after the arrest of Pastor McGill and Bro. Chartier, the filing attempts to expand the injunction to unheard of levels of control over free speech. Not only applying to Creation 7th Day Adventists, the Seventh-day Adventist church seeks control over any "any website hosting companies and domain name registrars, domain name registries, domain name hosts, web servers, blog publishing services, search engines, social networks, social media companies and other service providers." Additionally, the motion attempts to expand the injunction well beyond the legal limits of the trademark itself, seeking to eliminate uses of the names "7th day" or "Adventist" in any "document, file, blog, bulletin board, video, post, tweet, webpage, social media page, social media account, social media post."
Even further still, the General Conference seeks to impose the injunction on any who could be considered to be "facilitating, hosting, linking to, distributing, reproducing, or making available in any other way, whether directly, contributorily, vicariously, actively or passively" content that makes use or mention of the name. Dr. David Aguilar, a Belizean citizen and operator of certain websites listed in the motion, files an objection.
Pastor McGill also files an objection, pointing out that the Seventh-day Adventist church's motion attempts to "enjoin any occurence of 'Adventist,' 'SDA,' and 'Seventh-day Adventist' from being accesible anywhere on the internet, regardless of context, content, or potential for initial interest confusion [...] Speaking the words 'Adventist,' 'SDA,' or 'Seventh-day Adventist' in a video would become similarly enjoined. Saying 'I practice Adventism' in a tweet, Facebook post, or any other online means of communication would be enjoined."
Update 10/29/15: The Court schedules and holds a status conference between Pastor "Chick" and attorneys for the Seventh-day Adventist church. Despite Pastor "Chick's" testimony that he is no longer engaged in activity that would violate the injunction, the General Conference files a motion to compel information in order to further advance the lawsuit and potential contempt charges.
Update 2/17/16: Magistrate Bryant denies the Seventh-day Adventist church's motions, both to compel and add further language, noting that "it appears to the Court that what Plaintiffs are in essence seeking is a whole separate lawsuit than what was before this Court," and further, that in scheduling the status conference "the Court was hopeful that the parties might find common ground and resolve this ongoing dispute between them. Instead, Plaintiffs continue to seek to widen the dispute, beyond the parameters of the original lawsuit."
Update 5/29/16: The General Conference files an objection to Judge Bryant's decision, which is also denied by the Court.