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    Coral Ridge Ministries libel suit

    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2019...btq-community/

    Therefore, to prevail, Coral Ridge Ministries had to show that the Southern Poverty Law Center acted with actual malice against the ministry when it characterized it as a hate group along with neo-Nazis, skinheads, white nationalists, the KKK, and Holocaust deniers. The judge said Coral Ridge Ministries failed to prove that the SPLC acted with actual malice.

    I'm not sure I agree with their definition of malice.
    I'm thinking that once, in 1953, a group of interesting people just happened to be in a coffee shop at the same time and a great discussion of issues, ideas, and the meaning of life occurred. Since then we have been waiting at Starbucks for Lawrence Ferlinghetti to say something heavy.

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    Interesting.

    I'm not sure anybody has really figured this out in a way that is sensible. I don't think we have but the Brits haven't either (a lot of the Anglophone world follows Brit law in this area). It's difficult to sort out.
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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    The Sullivan standard isn't perfect, but it's way better than any of the alternatives that have been tried. Like anti-SLAPP legislation, it's necessary to keep people from abusing the judicial process to silence their critics and impoverish their political opponents.
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