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August 7, 2003 [Jan. 16th, 2009|12:43 pm]
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I was doing some searching for Ed today on news.google.com, and I ran across this article about a story Ed did on TDS 5 1/2 years ago:

Lawyers target Fayette man's TV snippet

By Jason Cato
Wednesday, January 7, 2009

William "Willie" Pritts professed that God's grace extends to partying on and that his Fayette County church opposes "bogarting," especially when failing to share involves marijuana.

"God never said you can't party on," Pritts, founder of the Church of Universal Love and Music, declared during a 2003 interview with "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central.

Lawyers for Pritts and his church now want a judge to keep jurors from seeing the four-minute segment during a trial scheduled to start next month in U.S. District Court, Downtown.

"This video was part of a television comedy show. And comments in that video that are attributable to plaintiff William D. Pritts were heavily edited to suit the show's agenda," wrote attorneys Gregory O. Koerner of New York City and Jon Pushinsky of Pittsburgh. "Furthermore, nothing else in 'The Daily Show' on Comedy Central is even remotely relevant to the serious issues raised by CULM's claims in this case."

Pritts claims county officials in 2005 violated his constitutional right of religious freedom when they shut down his Bullskin Township church, known for its outdoor concerts and party atmosphere.

That year, county officials ruled Pritts was operating a music business instead of a church and denied his request for a permit to conduct nondenominational, interfaith services on his 147-acre agricultural property. Neighbors complained for years about noise and traffic from daylong summer concerts.

"It is our right to worship God any way we want," Pritts said during the show's "Using My Religion" segment, accessible online at www.thedailyshow.com. "Just because we're not doing it exactly the same way they are doesn't make it bad."

The county zoning board said Pritts' church lacks a religious doctrine.

Pritts, however, told Ed Helms of Comedy Central that his church frowns on "bogarting," slang for not sharing.

"Bogarting a joint?" Pritts said about a marijuana cigarette. "It's kind of rude not to share."
As for Jesus' concert set list, Pritts said it likely would begin with "Jesus Is Just Alright With Me" by the Doobie Brothers, and include songs by the late Bob Marley before ending with "Devil Inside" by INXS.

There is no deadline for District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose to rule on the motion to bar the video.

Jason Cato can be reached at jcato@tribweb.com or 412-320-7840.

And Office was awesome last night (2 minute recap):