Bishop Charles Blake, Presiding Bishop of the fifth largest Christian denomination, and an Obama appointee to the Advisory Council of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, petitioned a Florida court to have a counter-claim filed by defendant, Minister Earl Carter, dismissed.
The court agreed with Bishop Blake’s assertion that the counter-claim lacked necessary facts to support Carter’s claim. Bishop Blake is the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) with a membership exceeding seven million and the pastor West Angeles Church of God in Christ, the largest churches in the Western United States, with a membership of over 24,000. “We are delighted that the court dismissed Mr. Carter’s meritless counter-claim,” said Uleses Henderson, General Counsel for COGIC.
The Order of the court noted, “The counter-claim lacks any supporting factual allegations and is otherwise noncompliant with the pleading standards of Rules 8(a). The Order concluded, “Defendant’s Counter Complaint (Doc 17), which the Court construes as a Counterclaim, is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.”
Bishop Blake’s defamation lawsuit against Mr. Carter remains before the court. The defamation lawsuit filed on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Orlando, Florida, notes “Over the past several months, Mr. Carter has engaged, and is threatening to continue engaging, in outrageous and malicious attacks upon Bishop Blake that should be punished to the maximum extent under the law. Mr. Carter has viciously used the Internet to falsely profess to the world that, among other things, Bishop Blake is immoral, homosexual and a pedophile. Mr. Carter’s goals are to destroy Bishop Blake’s stellar reputation, interfere with his relationship with Church Of God In Christ, Inc. (“COGIC”), and drive visitors to Mr. Carter’s websites where he seeks to illegally profit off of Bishop Blake’s good name.”
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