Got back from a few days in Wales (no internet!) and started reading blogs again. Crumbs!! I can’t believe what’s been going on with Dave Walker and his cartoonchurch blog regarding the SPCK saga.
In brief, the SPCK bookshop chain was taken over by an American organisation, The Society of Stephen the Great (SSG) in 2006 and Dave has been posting about the way things have developed (rather a sorry story), taking a factual approach based on information that is publicly available. Then, on the morning of 22nd July he received a ‘cease and desist’ notice from SSG instructing him to delete all 75 posts relating to SPCK/SSG or face legal action. Whether such legal action would have stood a chance is a moot point; the threat of legal action as a way of seeking to silence discussion is not acceptable. However, understandably, Dave complied.
For more information see the following:
- Matt Wardman has extensive coverage of the situation and his site acts as something of a centre for news and resources. Check out The Wardman Wire regularly.
- David Keen has a very readable resume of what’s happened so far including some very useful links. He’s done several posts as things have developed so you may need to scroll down a bit.
- A new blog, SPCK/SSG: News, Notes & Info is tracking the news
- There apear to be a number of legal issues – savvy analysis at Ministry of Truth
- USDAW, the union of shop workers has submitted a number of employment tribunal claims against the Brewers, owners of the SPCK shops.
And finally, friend and blogger Rev Sam has managed to copy many of Dave’s original posts on this subject from the Google cache before they got overwritten. Sam has posted them on his own blog here, and has in turn been served with a ‘cease and desist’ notice himself, but has chosen to ignore it! Knowing Sam, I’m not really surprised!
I have copied Dave’s posts from Sam’s blog and reposted them here as a separate page. Sam suggests that other bloggers do the same. If enough people do this, Mark Brewer will have an impossible job keeping up with the truth as it leaps from blog to blog, from web site to web site, even if some of these are taken down under legal threat.
Note: If this post, and my related page with Dave’s original posts, disappears, I’ll leave you to read between the lines and work out why…!
This from ASBO Jesus – spot on, as usual…
Who’s Supporting Dave Walker?
- St Aidan to Abbey Manor – David Keen – Vicar (Yeovil)
- The Wardman Wire – Matt Wardman (audio of BBC interview from 12/2007)
- Gentle Wisdom – Peter Kirk
- Bishop Alan’s Blog – Alan Wilson, Area Bishop of Buckingham
- Blogula-Rasa – Ginny (detailed – worth a read)
- Metacatholic – Doug Chaplin – Vicar (West Midlands)
- Of course, I could be wrong – Madpriest – Priest (somewhere in England)
- Seven whole days – Scott Gunn – Parish Priest (Rhode Island) and Lambeth Conference.
- Thinking Anglicans – Simon Kershaw – Cambridge, England (likely to follow further press coverage)
- The Jewish Blog Network – How to recover deleted pages. Firefox Resurrect Pages add-on.
- Lingamish – Blogger Bludgeoned by Bozos – David Ker – Mozambique. Kudos for the cartoon above.
- [Update: 23/07/2008] SPCK Watch – Gagging attempts by Mark Brewer – SPCK Watch. (Somewhere in Europe). Whole blog devoted to SPCK saga.
- [Update: 23/07/2008] Elizaphanian – We are all Dave Walkers now – Sam Norton, Rector of West Mersea, Essex. Suggests that we reposts Dave’s ex-posts from Google Cache
- [Update: 23/07/2008]Mad Hare – Solidarity post – SPCK/SSG and Dave Walker (New Mexico : United States).
- [Update:24/07/2008 AM]The Cartoon Blog – Cease and Desist Demand from Mark Brewer Dave’s original post – now gone
- [Update:24/07/2008 AM]GOD, CHRIST: QUESTIONS & FAITH – More and More on the Exploding SPCK Story & Dave Walker’s Cartoon Church Blog Check out the illustration from the 1950s
- [Update:24/07/2008 AM]Saintly Ramblings – Dave Walker Solidarity Post
- [Update:24/07/2008 AM]SPCK/SSG: News, Notes & Info – Comments on Moderation Expect comment when owner returns from holiday
- [Update:24/07/2008 AM]PamBG’s Blog – Those Christian Bookshops
- [Update:24/07/2008 AM]Scatter Cushions – Nothing like like having an informed debate
- [Update:24/07/2008 AM]connexions – Cartoon blogger silenced
- [Update:24/07/2008 AM]Turbulent Cleric – Libel law used as censorship Reflections on the Craig Murray case
- [Update:24/07/2008 AM]Exigency In Specie – Bullying the Bloggers Southern England
- [Update:24/07/2008 AM]Asingleblog – Brewers are challenged in court More detail on the attempt to put SPCK UK into Chapter 11 in the USA
- [Update:24/07/2008 AM]Philip’s Tree House – I’m also Dave Walker
- [Update:24/07/2008 AM]John Inbetween – Yet another Dave Walker
- [Update:24/07/2008 AM]Wormwood’s Doxy – Because there’s nothing I hate more than a bully….Standing up for Dave Walker & SPCK
- [Update:25/07/2008 AM]Dave Cole – I’m Dave Walker
- [Update:25/07/2008 AM]Ministry of Truth – SPCK owner seeks US bankruptcy protection for UK charity KEY POST – Digging into the Brewer “Legal Manoeuvres in the Dark”
- [Update:25/07/2008 AM]Blogpower – Defending the Blog – Blogpower Roundup – The Civil Liberties Edition Civil Liberties Roundup – Understand the Wider Issues
- [Update:25/07/2008 AM]Brainducks Weblog – Cartoon Church blog target of legal bullying
- [Update:25/07/2008 AM]D-Notice – D-Notice: Religious Nuts
- [Update:25/07/2008 AM]Back Towards The Locus – “Come Together, Raaaayt Nahahow, Over A Bullying Bookshop Chain”
- [Update:25/07/2008 AM]Sim-O Random Thoughts – I’m Dave Walker and so’s my wife
- [Update:25/07/2008 AM]Safety Photo – Dave Walker Cease and Desist Notice
- [Update:27/07/2008 AM]Around the Worktable – My Name is Dave Walker, and Yours Should Be, Too Text of comment made on Slashdot
- [Update:27/07/2008 AM]ASBO Jesus – 519 Dave Walker
- [Update:27/07/2008 AM]Rachel North – SPCK Up Shortlisted for Best Headline Award so far
- [Update:27/07/2008 AM]Bloggerheads – I support Dave Walker
- [Update:27/07/2008 AM]Johny Void – For God’s Sake Cease and Desist Ever so slightly satirical 😉
- [Update:27/07/2008 AM]42 My life, the universe and everything – Dave Walker
- [Update:27/07/2008 AM]kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth – Paul Sibley
- [Update:27/07/2008 AM]Supersimbo – Dave Walker we salute you
- [Update:27/07/2008 AM]Safety Joke – Safety Joke
- [Update:27/07/2008 AM]Decloned – William Lehman
- [Update:27/07/2008 AM]Squiggle Jones – Silence is not always golden…
- [Update:27/07/2008 AM]Chris Luff, discomblogulating – Legal intimidation?
The original copy of this list is on the Wardman Wire here.