Creationists in trademark suit

Science Friday

The producers of the NPR show Science Friday filed a suit against the operators of a right-wing radio show that features a creationist segment, Real Science Friday, according to the New York Post (November 15, 2012). In documents filed with the Supreme Court of New York on November 9, 2012, ScienceFriday Inc. accused Bob Enyart — who describes himself as "America's most popular self-proclaimed right-wing religious fanatic homophobic anti-choice talk show host" — as well as his company Bob Enyart Inc. and his cohost Fred Williams of trademark infringement and cybersquatting.

In particular, ScienceFriday complained, "Defendants have adopted the name 'Real Science Friday' and are making a number of infringing uses of it in commerce," citing various uses on their websites, audio programs, and videos, and concluded, "it is Defendants['] desire to continue to encroach on the Plaintiff's trademarks to steal Plaintiff's decades of goodwill." Indeed, the Post's story observed that Enyart's website for Real Science Friday contains the joking line "Don't Be Fooled by NPR's parody titled Science Friday ;) Welcome to the REAL Science Friday."

On Real Science Friday, according to its website, the show's hosts "talk about science to debunk evolution and to show the evidence for the creator God including from biology, geology, astronomy, and physics. (For example, mutations will give you bad legs long before you'd get good wings.) Not only do we get to debate Darwinists and atheists, and easily take the potshots from popular evolutionists like PZ Myers and Eugenie Scott, but we also occasionally interview the outstanding scientists who dare to challenge today's accepted creed that nothing created everything."

In contrast, NPR's Science Friday provides accurate information about science, including evolution, and — as with its April 10, 2009, interview with NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott about the treatment of evolution in the latest revision of Texas's state science standards — about social controversies over the teaching of evolution. ScienceFriday is asking the court for a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendants from using "Science Friday" and "Real Science Friday" and similar names, logos, and URLs, as well as for legal fees and statutory and punitive damages.