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IHOP sues IHOP

Timothy Kincaid

September 16th, 2010

The International House of Prayer is a church in Kansas City which hosts a 24 hours per day, seven days per week prayer service. They have a decidedly dominionist bent and are affiliated with some of the more radical (and definitely anti-gay) elements of conservative Christianity including Lou Engle (who appears to implicitly support Uganda’s Kill the Gays bill), Michael Brown, the Brownsville Revival, and the Kansas City Prophets movement.

The church frequently goes by the acronym IHOP (their website is www.ihop.org), but maybe not for much longer; it seems the pancake chain isn’t amused. (CNN)

IHOP has filed a lawsuit against a church group called the International House of Prayer claiming that the group is illegally using the pancake house’s famous acronym.

The legal flap started earlier this month when the International House of Pancakes filed the lawsuit in a federal court in California.

The Kansas City, Missouri-based church group “selected and adopted the International House of Prayer name, knowing it would be abbreviated IHOP. IHOP-KC intended to misappropriate the fame and notoriety of the household name IHOP to help promote and make recognizable their religious organization,” the lawsuit says.

Lawyers from the pancake restaurant say the odds are stacked against the church group and provided the court with pages and pages of documentation of websites, newsletters and signs on buildings where the prayer group allegedly used the IHOP acronym.

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Richard Rush
September 16th, 2010 | LINK

IHOP = International House of Prayer??? I think it’s more like the
International House of Phruitcakes*

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*When I was growing up, “fruitcake” used as slang just referred to a nutty person. I don’t know if it has some gay connotation nowadays or not.

Rob
September 16th, 2010 | LINK

Rush:

“*When I was growing up, “fruitcake” used as slang just referred to a nutty person. I don’t know if it has some gay connotation nowadays or not.”

I think the word ‘fruit’ by itself does connatate gays, but ‘fruitcake’ I always associated with nutcases.

David
September 16th, 2010 | LINK

May the courts give the parishioners reason to be the International House of Penitents.

Piper
September 16th, 2010 | LINK

I’ve been waiting for this for awhile now. One of my family friends used to work for the International house of prayer. He was kicked out when he came out of the closet. I’ve never liked them.

BlackDog
September 19th, 2010 | LINK

I saw this and I had to laugh. I’m a moderator on an ex-Pentecostal website and one of my bosses has mentioned formerly being a follower of the Kansas City Prophets. It’s good to see them attracting notice…and consequences for their actions.

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