Religion blog threatened with libel
To recall the Church to G-d’s Covenant with the Jewish people and to call the Church to affirm the centrality of Israel to the Jewish faith.
They took exception to Richard Bartholomew’s 15th February report on them which included a reference from the Times to a now “spent” criminal conviction of the group’s campaign director, Huw Shooter, and to a comment by a pseudonymous poster which mentioned “criminals” in the organisation.
The letter from Simon McIlwaine puts their case:
…we are firmly of the opinion that you published details of an alleged conviction which would have been spent long ago in bad faith and out of clear malice contrary to Section 8 of the 1974 Act [on the Rehabilitation of Offenders]. It is evident that your reason for publishing those details was utterly malicious and that you did so out of spite because of Mr Shooter’s support for Israel.
You would be hard put to find a more conscientious, scrupulously-researched, and fair blog than Bartholomew’s Notes. That Richard now finds himself threatened with legal action because of the thoroughness of his research is very worrying, and we will be following developments closely.