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Creationist Pastor Loses to NPR over 'Science Friday' Radio Show

Colorado pastor aims to rebut evolution, but a 'trademark infringement and cybersquatting' lawsuit forced him to rename his program.

The similarities between National Public Radio's (NPR) "Science Friday" and Colorado pastor and radio host Bob Enyart's "Real Science Friday" were no coincidence: Enyart intended his show to challenge–not imitate–NPR.

But after NPR challenged him in court over the name of his radio program, Enyart backed down and renamed his broadcast.

The Denver Post reports that Enyart's show now will be called "Real Science Radio," part of a settlement in a lawsuit filed by ScienceFriday Inc., the popular NPR radio show, in November 2012. The suit charged Enyart with trademark infringement and cybersquatting, asking the pastor to stop using the name and knockoff logo.

"Our main concern has been ensuring that people searching for Science Friday content don't end up confused by what they find," ScienceFriday Inc. spokesman Christian Skotte told the Denver Post.

NPR's Science Friday program says it focuses "on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand." In contrast, Real Science Radio hosts say they "talk about science to debunk evolution and to show the evidence for the creator God including from biology, geology, astronomy, and physics."

CT has regularly reported on human origins, evolution, creationism, and intelligent design.

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Posted:February 5, 2013 at 11:12AM
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