Any time a pastor who’s been caught in misconduct sends a cease and desist letter, you know they’re both stupid and unrepentant. And that is the case for Liam Goligher, who just sent us the cease and desist letter below.
For starters, the Anglican Watch terms of service specifically forbid using our email to send legal notices:
Thus, we will be filing a disciplinary complaint against Mr. Goligher’s attorney, Richard Coble, for computer trespass. And being the ill-tempered, vile sorts that we are, we may file criminal charges against him in the relevant jurisdiction. We’ve done it before, and we may do it again. The result was amusing and well worth our time, so best not to tempt us.
As for the letter itself, it’s laughable. Not only does it show that Goligher has no remorse whatsoever, but if he’s trying to scare the kiddies, it’s won’t work.
For starters, his attorney needs a good proofreader. “Solacious” means “affording comfort.”
For the record, Anglican Watch categorically denies writing anything intended to afford Goligher, Elzey, or Goligher’s minions solace.
Second, there’s nothing tortious about content that is speculative.
Third, truth is a near-absolute defense to claims of defamation. If Goligher wants to put into motion a debate involving his conduct with Susan Elzey, he’d better be prepared for the outcome. And we have lots of additional information on Goligher that is not favorable that would almost certainly come out in any lawsuit.
Fourth, in Pennsylvania, written statements that are defamatory are libel, not slander. Slander involves spoken statements, so the various quotes the attorney cites are by definition not slanderous.
Fifth, his reference to law enforcement is pure BS. While we are aware that Goligher likes to perjure himself with false claims about Phil Snyder threatening him, that’s not going to work here. Indeed, threatening criminal charges for publishing content sounds suspiciously like extortion.
Sixth, any attorney foolish enough to sue Anglican Watch will discover we have set up our corporate entity to make a successful lawsuit impossible. We won’t go into the details, but someone can spend a whole lot of money suing us, only to discover they are spinning their wheels. Not to mention we will publish about the experience, every inch of the way. And guaranteed, if your reputation is bad now, it will be a whole lot worse when your lawsuit is over.
So, to Liam Goligher and Richard Coble, two words: Shove. Off.