The SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL pitches news that a Christian-based baseball organization is causing the Little League to raise a holy stink over trademark violations.
Little League Inc. is suing Jay Kaplan for calling his Florida-based group Christian Little League. The LL had previously sent Kaplan a cease & desist letter in early March before finally filing the lawsuit on Thursday.
But the 46-year-old organizer says he only answers to a higher authority:
“GOD is the ultimate judge and has the final say,” he wrote in a March 15 letter to Little League’s lawyers … “Christian Little League was GOD’s idea and it is a great and wonderful idea,” wrote Kaplan, who grew up Jewish and converted to Christianity. “I have no plans on changing the name GOD gave me.”
And Kaplan fires back at Little League with a suggestion of his own:
“My position is Little League should embrace the name of Jesus. Let’s start with that,” he said.
But the Williamsport-based baseball body counters that they have no beef with the Lord Almighty:
“The dispute is not theological, it is legal,” the lawyers stated in a second letter sent March 17. They added: “Our client has no objection to your preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. … Our client simply requests that you do so under a different name.”
Baseball & religion does come together sometimes. Just head out to Wrigley Field & watch the Cubs play, and you’ll soon be hearing “Oh My God!” and “Jesus Christ!“