Established as “distinctive” trademark through litigation, US 7th Circuit Court Of Appeals: Opinion of July 25, 2002 says it best. EASTERBROOK, Circuit Judge.
"The "Church of the Creator" and the "World Church of the Creator" have irreconcilable creeds. The Church of the Creator (the operating name of TE-TA-MA Truth Foundation-Family of URI, Inc.) believes in universal love and respect......What has led to this litigation between the two organizations is the little ® symbol attached to Church of the Creator.......It turns out that tactics adopted to avoid paying for one’s wrongs have collateral costs"........
The Foundation has appealed to the media not to perpetuate further confusion in the public mind of hate/fear based white supremacists beliefs and the service, beliefs of this organization and its expression as a Church, the registered trademark Church Of The Creator®. Federal Appellate Judge Easterbrook, quoted above, has understood and described in a nutshell the "irreconcilable creeds."
Church Of The Creator® suggests and invites your review, Sacred Mandate and Divine Right Order®, mission statements, service rendered through this organization. Mr. Hale and his colleagues are a wonderful example of patterns, what all of humanity can choose to leave behind, as no longer needed. Individual focus of attention, from what will not work, to what does work, is part of the solution. Everlasting peace and harmony is enhanced through our collective thought, word and action. Even Mr. Hale becomes a contributor, the cause of our reflecting, eliminating discriminatory thoughts, words and deed in our expression, those reading who arrived, due to his actions - in that we can find value - and give thanks.
FINAL JUDGMENT for The Foundation, after appeal to the US Supreme Court, was issued October 24, 2003. The permanent injunction, to cease and desist in use of the trademark Church Of The Creator® by white supremacists was not well received. Federal investigation, surveillance of activity, their rejection of the court ruling, resulted in grand jury allegations, issue of warrant, arrest, and conviction of Mr. Hale.
The ripple effect of this case is ongoing, an example of standing against hate/fear based philosophies propelled by terrorists and bullies. The Foundation, its directors, attorneys, and the judge have received and stood up to many threats, including death and the burning down of it's church around its directors.