IHOP - the International House of Pancakes is suing fundie Lou Engle's International House of Prayer. The restaurant is claiming copyright violation. The church's tagline is "Preparing the way of the Lord through night and day prayer." Pshaw, not even close to sounding like a 24 hour restaurant, is it?
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.
Tell me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember Jesus feeding the masses with pancakes and their choice of bacon or sausage. I do remember that pesky "Thou Shalt Not Steal" commandment though...