Corporate Statements

On December 31, 2001, The Local Church, The Local Churches, and Living Stream Ministry filed a $136 million defamation lawsuit in the state of Texas against Harvest House Publishers and authors John Ankerberg and John Weldon. In their suit, The Local Church claimed that the book the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions was libelous in regard to them. On January 5, 2006, the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas issued an opinion in favor of Harvest House Publishers and its authors. Though the Local Churches and Living Stream Ministry appealed to the Texas and US Supreme Courts, their case was not heard, and the appellate opinion stands.

The lawsuit was long and arduous, but the resulting ruling is important to publishing and freedom of speech. Therefore, we have decided to keep these "Corporate Statements" posted on our website as a resource to those who have questions concerning the outcome of the lawsuit and why Harvest House did not retreat or settle.

At the time of the ruling in favor of Harvest House, Bob Hawkins, Jr., president of Harvest House Publishers, stated, "We hope this ruling will encourage other authors, publishers, and broadcasters to stand strong in their convictions and to continue engaging in responsible dialogue concerning controversial topics without fear of intimidating lawsuits."

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Working closely with Harvest House Publishers, Concentric Sky was able to architect, design and develop the Harvest House website from the ground up. Some of the main features that were built for the site, relying on the Python programming language and Django Framework, include an integrated data stream from local management databases, custom sorting and filtering, integrated e-newsletters, and a structured Content Management System. In addition, Concentric Sky also provided unique designs and layouts for each page on the site, aesthetically tailored to the needs of each type of content.

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