Magazine article American Libraries

FTRF Joins in Texas Brief Filing

Magazine article American Libraries

FTRF Joins in Texas Brief Filing

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The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has joined a coalition of groups, led by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), in the filing of a brief that urges the Texas Supreme Court not to review an intermediate appellate court ruling involving a libel action brought by the international Local Church against Harvest House Publishers. The brief, filed October 17, characterizes the ruling by the Texas Court of Appeals in Houston as "correct in all respects."

The case involves alleged unflattering generalizations about cults and new religions in the introduction and appendix of the 740-page Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, published by Harvest House, an Evangelical Christian publishing house and AAP member. The Local Church claimed its inclusion in a book about "cults and new religions" was defamatory.

The Texas trial court denied a motion for summary judgment, but the Texas Court of Appeals reversed, citing the case of New Times v. …

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