A New Kind of Lawsuit

Friends,

A while back, I was assured by several readers that a certain House Bill H.R. 1592 and its Senate companion S.B. 1105 would in no way infringe upon the free speech rights of Christians who believe homosexuality is a sin and preach in accordance with the Scriptural (Old & New Testament) teaching prohibiting such activity.

One such commenter, DW, went so far as to accuse Christians in general (and I think me in particular) of being liars. He (or she) wrote:

Regardless of how one views homosexuality the bible is very clear about lying. I have read this bill and there is nothing in it that would prohibit free speech. I hate to say this as a conservative Christian who loves the Lord but it would appear that our fellow Christians are lying to us. Last time I checked ‘Bearing false witness’ was still prohibited under the 10 commandments. When we put out things that are not true we hurt our witness and destroy are credibility.

A lengthy conversation ensued and I, as it turns out, had the last word. I don’t know what happened to DW.

Anyhow, I haven’t heard too much about these bills lately, and I don’t really know what happened to them. I was reminded of this conversation today when I saw this story posted at World Net Daily: ‘Gay’ Man Sues Bible Publishing: $70 million for emotional distress because homosexuality cast as sin. Says the article:

Bradley LaShawn Fowler, 39, of Canton, Mich., is seeking $60 million from Zondervan and another $10 million from Thomas Nelson Publishing in lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

Fowler filed his claim against Grand Rapids-based Zondervan Monday, alleging its Bibles’ references to homosexuality as a sin have made him an outcast from his family and contributed to physical discomfort and periods of “demoralization, chaos and bewilderment,” the paper said.

He filed suit against Tennessee publisher Thomas Nelson in June.

Fowler said in his suit:

Fowler, who is representing himself in both lawsuits, says in his complaint against Zondervan that the publisher intended to design a religious, sacred document to reflect an individual opinion or a group’s conclusion to cause “me or anyone who is a homosexual to endure verbal abuse, discrimination, episodes of hate, and physical violence … including murder.”

Well that should be quite enough to demonstrate that this man is serious about what he is doing. Bob Pratico had a brilliant comment:

He claims the “Bibles’ references to homosexuality as a sin have made him an outcast from his family and contributed to physical discomfort and periods of “demoralization, chaos and bewilderment ….”

Uh – yeah. Sin has a way of doing that.

I’m no alarmist by any means, and I want to state upfront that this lawsuit has nothing to do with the House and Senate Bills I mentioned at the outset of this post. However, I do not believe that this will be the last complaint of this nature that we see filed in a court. This fella may not have a leg to stand on, and didn’t do himself any favors by representing himself, but eventually someone will likely complain more, and eventually more ‘credible’ lawsuits will be filed, and eventually, in all likelihood, someone will win. It’s the way of the world. Eventually, it will end up in the 9th District Court in California where it will get all the necessary TLC it needs to succeed! I hope this is the last of this sort of thing, but I seriously doubt that it will be. Sad.

On another, final note, Zondervan, predictably, was quick to take the Adam and Eve way out:

Zondervan says that even if Fowler’s claim is credible, he’s suing the wrong party. A company spokesman told WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids that Zondervan doesn’t translate the Bible or own the copyright for any of the translations but relies, instead, on the “scholarly judgment of credible translation committees.”

I think I’m done buying books from Zondervan. Maybe not. My God this world is ridiculously stupid sometimes.

HT: Parchment & Pen

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  1. Astounding. I think it’s telling that he had to represent himself. It’s good to know that some lawsuits are so stupid that even lawyers won’t touch them.

    Why doesn’t he sue Moses and Paul while he is at it?

  2. Odgie,

    You might recall that recently someone, I think in Italy, sued Jesus. It’s a jungle out there. I suspect things like this will continue to happen in the future.

    jerry

    PS-been meaning to ask you, where did you get that avatar?

  3. No, I never heard about the suit against Jesus. If I had, I think I would remember that one!

    The avatar came from the website for “The Simpsons Movie.” I don’t know if it is still up and running, but they had a page where you could design your own Simpsons character. You can select the hair, nose, eyes, skin tone, and mouth along with the body type. Of course, it being the Simpsons, you can’t select a chin.

  4. Tommy Tutu

    It’s about time that Bible publishers be held accountable for the translations they print. If one goes to the original texts, homosexuality is not there. Their biased “translations” have caused me and others harm.

  5. Tommy,

    That is about the most ridiculous statement I have ever read. The particular English word ‘homsexual’ may not be present, but a particular Greek word that is translated as such is. I’m curious, would you care to share your pain with us? I would be happy to listen and pray for you. There is not cause for people be mean to anyone. That does not change the fact that acts of homosexuality are sinful, insistence on practicing homosexuality is a sin, and that committing acts of a homosexual nature is sinful. There is simply no debate about this except among those who are practicing homosexuality. Homosexuals are not beyond the grace of God, but those who accept God’s grace must stop practicing the acts of homosexuality.

    Thanks for stopping by, but I respectfully disagree.

    jerry

  6. Wesley in LR

    I am a gay man. I would just like to say that much of the gay community that I know does NOT support this stupid lawsuit. I want some form of acceptance, and acting like this is not the way. I apologize for the actions of this homosexual, money grubbing scum.

    Thanks!

  7. Dan

    ‘Friends’

    You can duck and shuffle and use old aphorisms all you like, but when it comes down to using the bible to hurt people that’s going way too far. Back off.

    Now you’re welcome to believe and rely on ‘magic thought’ and things that don’t actually exist to explain your existence, but at the same time, if you’re a real American, you know good and well that you’ve got no business hurting or doing bad things to those who don’t believe as you do. Evidently some, including our own Armed services, haven’t gotten the memo. We all should have been taught to treat all equitably by parents and schools, but some still feel the need to be cruel and take the issue into their own hands as if they were free of wrongdoing. Real Christians don’t do that sorta sad sick stuff. You live your life and give as very much love as you can to ALL…not just this one or that. There’s still plenty of space in hell for you self righteous power-hungry types.
    I rather hope the lawsuit(s) against the bible publisher wind up bankrupting the publisher. Time to get humble, folks.

  8. Wesley,

    Hmmm…I’m curious about what you have said. I wonder how other people who share your background feel about this. I’ll wait and see.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    jerry

  9. Dan,

    You sound like one very confused individual who is not at all like Wesley. I’m sorry you are rather angry.

    jerry

  10. I’m finding this to be very amusing to say the least. From all appearances it’s obvious that no lawyer would touch this case. From a legal standpoint there is no basis for a law suit. The Bible, by its very nature, IS an interpretation. The KJ version was interpreted by more than 40 biblical scholars and the “BEST” matched interpretations were used to create the authorized (by the Church of England) book. Who’s to say which interpretation is right or wrong? So to say that any given interpretation hurts a person or persons to the point of being a legal issue is absurd IMHO. It seems more of an attempt to become an unworthy news story, 15 minutes of fame, doing it simply because he can.

    With the court system already being undermined by frivolous litigation it’s simply another person abusing his rights and adding to the mess in hopes of making financial gains on the backs of others. I’ll bet money he went to quite a few legal advisor’s prior to starting this suit and probably didn’t like what any of them had to say. Ignorance must be bliss.

  11. Tony

    Why doesn’t he also sue the publishers of the Holy Quran? The Quran speaks against homosexuality, calling it an abomination.
    Sura 27: 55-57 and Sura 29: 28-31: “And (remember) Lot when he said to his people, ‘Verily, ye approach an abomination which no one in all the world ever anticipated you in! What! do ye approach men? and stop folks on the highway? And approach in your assembly sin?’ but the answer of his people was only to say, ‘Bring us God’s torment, if thou art of those who speak the truth!’ Said he, ‘My Lord! help me against a people who do evil!’ And when our messengers came to Abraham with the glad tidings, they said, ‘We are about to destroy the people of this city. Verily, the people thereof are wrong-doers’.”




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