June 25, 2012
Stupid Church Tricks: Suing for Bad Online Review
A mom learns if you can't say something nice about a church....
Pastor Charles O’Neal of the Beaverton Grace Bible Church is suing a former attender for writing a negative review of his church online. After a bad experience with the church, Julie Anne Smith decided to share her impressions. "I thought, I’m just going to post a review,” Smith said. “We do it with restaurants and hotels and whatnot, and I thought, why not do it with this church?”
The pastor claims Smith’s review amounts to defamation. He is suing Smith, as well as her daughter and three others, for $500,000.
UPDATE: For the church's side of the story, read a statement from their website.