3ABN & Danny Shelton
Gailon Joy & Robert Pickle
Plaintiff 3ABN's Requests for Production of Documents
and Things to Defendant Robert Pickle (First Set)
Document Request No. 1
Response by Defendant Pickle: This particular response applies to
all your "Requests for Production of Documents and Things."
We regret to say that 4500+ emails in native format somehow got left off the
DVD that we earlier made for you. We estimate 2100+ of those were included in a
different and possibly easier to use format. With this submission comes an updated version of
the auto-discovery materials, which should include all located auto-discovery documents up to
today's date, or very close to today's date.
Also included is a current copy of the Save3ABN.com
Feel free to let us know if anything appears to be missing.
Request No. 1: All documents, whether or not
authored by You, referring or relating to the Allegations contained
in the Plaintiffs' Complaint or referring or relating to the
Allegations contained in the Defendants' Answer to Plaintiffs' Complaint.
Response by Defendant Pickle: See auto-discovery materials.
We will highlight below a few documents contained in the auto-discovery materials (accessible via
the Save3ABN.com collection in the auto-discovery materials, and at least
in some cases, elsewhere in the materials as well) that
pertain to 3ABN and Danny Shelton's claim in the Complaint that 3ABN is a non-denominational ministry
that is unaffiliated with any church, denomination, or organization, and that it preaches a non-denominational
message. Either that claim is false, or 3ABN has been deceptive when it has claimed to be a supporting
ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, preaching the distinctive doctrines of Seventh-day Adventism.
G.C. President," November 3, 1997, by Robert S. Folkenberg. An announcement by the General
Conference President regarding the signing of a document that established a "a cooperative working
relationship" between 3ABN and the General Conference.
"Joint Declaration of Commitment
by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Three Angels Broadcasting Network." The signed document
referred to above which, among other things, established a procedure by which "a world Division of the Seventh-day
Adventist Church" can resolve disagreements when "the Division Executive Committee believes" programming on 3ABN
"is detrimental to the mission of the Church."
1998 and 2000 Claims by 3ABN.org.
3ABN.org claims in 1998 that "3ABN is a supporting ministry of the
Seventh-day Adventist Church and a member of Adventist-layman's Services and Industries (ASI),"
and in 2000 that "3ABN is an independent, nonprofit, supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist
2007 Link to Joint Declaration by 3ABN.org.
While claiming not to be owned, operated, or funded by any denomination, 3ABN currently makes its affiliation with
the Seventh-day Adventist Church crystal clear by linking to the 1997 Joint Declaration.
"ASI Supporting Ministry Guidelines — North American
Division — Supporting Ministry Guidelines." Here is a list of the requirements that 3ABN must abide by in
order to maintain its membership in Adventist-laymen's Services and Industries.
Contact Info for ASI and the GC. Publicized
addresses for Adventist-laymen's Services and Industries and the General Conference of Seventh-day
Adventists, showing the close affiliation between the two organizations.
"ASI Project Offering 2006."
3ABN received one of the highest grants from Adventist-laymen's Services and Industries in 2006.
Elementary School on 3ABN Campus. The Adventist Organizational Directory identifies a Seventh-day
Adventist elementary school as being located on Angel Lane.
Satellite Broadview Academy Campus.
An official Illinois Conference academy campus was located at Thompsonville, at an address associated with
Pastor Owen Troy, who is said to live on Angel Lane.
NAD Ministerial Association Promotes 3ABN.
In this letter, church official Eradio Alonso strongly encourages pastors to promote 3ABN in their churches via a video,
flyers, and bulletin inserts, and to get their members to ask their cable companies to carry 3ABN.
in the Adventist Yearbook. 3ABN General Manager Mollie Steenson is identified as being a member of
the Illinois Conference Executive Committee.
Union Adventist Media (AUAM) & 3ABN. AUAM was formed after an invitation to 3ABN to "partner with the union
in reaching New York for Christ." The AUAM production truck in the picture says, "Affiliated with 3ABN" on the
Pictures of AUAM Production Truck.
Five different graphics of the AUAM production truck from
The words "Affiliated with 3ABN" appear to be prominently displayed
on the side of the truck. The first picture is of
a different truck altogether, suggesting a long-enough affiliation
between the Atlantic Union of Seventh-day Adventists and 3ABN
that they have had more than one production truck.
Television Stations." See page 19 of this August 10, 2005, issue of Treasure Valley Christian News
where 3ABN is advertised as being Seventh-day Adventist.
Saved Thru 3ABN Admits
Working Agreement with Adventist Church. The very day this lawsuit was unsealed, new domain names
were registered by 3ABN: SavedThru3ABN.org and
site states, "Since 1997, 3ABN has enjoyed a formal working
agreement with the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
.... Our network is accepted as a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church."
"3ABN Board Chairman Says,
'This Is a Seventh-day Adventist Ministry'." In a series of emails Dr. Walt Thompson admits that 3ABN
is a Seventh-day Adventist ministry preaching the Adventist message, and that some definitions
of "affiliated" could apply to 3ABN's relationship with the Adventist Church. At the same time, he claims that
the language in the lawsuit to the contrary is technically correct.
3ABN's Property Tax Case Appeal:
Opening Appellant Brief and
Reply to Opposition to the Appellant Brief.
In these documents that have been made a part of court record, 3ABN adamantly argues that it is indeed affiliated
with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and that it preaches the distinctive doctrines of the Seventh-day