Skip to comments.'Gay' man sues Bible publishers
Posted on 07/09/2008 10:14:10 AM PDT by driftdiver
A homosexual man is suing two major Christian publishers for violating his constitutional rights and causing emotional pain, because the Bible they publish refers to homosexuality as a sin.
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.
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."
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr. refused to appoint an attorney to represent Fowler in the Thomas Nelson case, saying the court "has some very genuine concerns about the nature and efficacy of these claims."
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So can we now all sue the NYT for calling conservative evil for the last 50 years?
Sounds more like he’s going through The Change.
Could it be that the LEFT is intolerant?
He doesn't have to read the Bible just like I do NOT read homosexual propaganda.
I wonder what “constitutional right” he feels has been violated.
Sooooooooooooo, basically he’s suing God right?
Does he plan on naming “God” as a co-respondent?
Oh, silly me.
I’m supposed to put my beliefs aside because they
HURT HIS PERVERTED FEELINGS.
“contributed to physical discomfort....”
maybe something else did that?
I really expected this to be from Scrappleface.
‘He doesn’t have to read the Bible just like I do NOT read homosexual propaganda. ‘
Your children are already being forced to read their propaganda in public schools.
Wonder why he's never read that one?
Why is this not even tossed out, and yet the court is concerned about “has some very genuine concerns about the nature and efficacy of these claims.”
A hilariously ironic statement considering, er, uh...never mind.
Doesn't the Koran give the official "Okey Dokey" for men to bugger little boys?
>> 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.
Because we all recall that segment of the Constitution which forbids the fostering of “physical discomfort [...] demoralization, chaos and bewilderment.” Additionally, we have the popular tort law provision which prohibits the creation of family ostracism.
And, everyone also recalls the repeal of the “free expression” clause which, if only still present, would have protected these purveyors of hate speech.
donno what bible he’s reading, mine doesn’t call homosexuality a sin.
it calls it an abomination.
Unfortunately this dude might get a sympathetic jury. Everyone is in so much emotionl distress (pity, pity, pity). Tell this idiot to get a life. I wonder if the boy is either in bankruptcy or has just maxed out all his credit cards. That would cause me more emotional pain than what the Bible says.
A judge should throw this out immediately. This suit does not have any standing. The lawyers filing this suit should be ashamed.
He may feel that he is the butt of jokes..
If he read the Koran, he’d really be in emotional pain. And then, if he’s a real PC kind of guy (or a secret masochist) he might like it.
I wonder what kind of jokes his butt has gone through?
Does this fudge make my butt look big?
Just more assurance that anyone can file a lawsuit.
Winning is a whole other thing.
Bwahahahahahahahaha - what a maroon!! He should sue God, not the publishers. The ‘trial’ should last about 30 seconds. That’s about how long it should take for the bailiff to call the court into session, get everybody seated and have the judge declare that the plaintiff is an idiot and his case dismissed.
He should also have to pay all the court costs - THAT will cause him even more pain!!
As laughable as this lawsuit is now, it is a glimpse of what is yet to come once the institution of marriage has been totally degraded and belittled by this movement. Religions that criticize this ‘lifestyle’ will certainly be their next target. The agenda began with tolerance, moved on to accpetance, and will next have to be celebrated and glorified.
The liberal establishment continues to promote homosexuality and attack Christianity. Our religious freedom is being taken away and homosexuality is being pushed to our children.
If this guy can sue, so can I. There’s plenty of stuff in the Bible against me, too.
Why doesn't he sue his family? They seem to be the ones causing this guy his angst. Service of Process would be so much easier, because last I heard St. Peter's and St. Paul's heads are buried beneath St. Peters Basilica in Rome, and I sincerely doubt the Swiss Guard will allow anyone to drop a subpoena.
Similarly, I'm thinking Moses and the authors of the Torah are going to be truly difficult to tag. I could be wrong, however.
So is he going to call Leviticus to the stand?
He’s representing himself because he couldn’t find a lawyer dumb enough to take it.
This homo must think he lives in Canada...where their courts take an opposing stance against the Bible. Especially the Bible’s denunciation of homosexuality.
Let’s hope that the Michigan courts, with close proximity to Canada, doesn’t follow Canada’s lead.
As I read the article, the judge is expressing his opinion that Fowler’s claims are dubious and not worthy of being pursued, at least in the one case. That is why he refused to grant a court-appointed attorney for Fowler. Fowler is representing himself in both suits but it appears that he made a request in his filings for have a taxpayer-funded attorney appointed to represent him. Since the case was just filed, it is too early for the judge to dismiss if the opposing parties haven’t had time to present their request and arguments for dismissal and then Fowler has a right to file arguments against the publishing company arguments. It takes time but don’t be surprised if the case is dismissed, with prejudice hopefully, within the next few weeks. I suspect that the story is going public right now in Fowler’s hope that some group like the ACLU will take the case for him (though I doubt the ACLU would even touch this one).
I think it said he is representing himself. probably couldn’t get a lawyer to take the case. I’m surprised the ACLU wouldn’t help but then they already have a plan and this is showing their cards.
“Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr. refused to appoint an attorney to represent Fowler”
I thought you only got a free appointed lawyer for defensein you cannot afford one. Does this me we give free lawyers to people to sue private companies on silly-ness issues?
“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.”
Sort of a Michigan ping....
If ever there was a clear cut case for a loser pays system, this is it. Especially considering this bozo wanted a taxpayer funded atty.
I wouldn't be too sure about that. This is just exactly the kind of case the ACLU would love to win. Hopefully though, the case will get thrown out.
“Lets hope that the Michigan courts, with close proximity to Canada, doesnt follow Canadas lead.”
Don’t forget our Canadian Socialist Governor.
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr. refused to appoint an attorney to represent Fowler ...
It appears that Zondervan is trying to pass the buck to the committee of academics who translated the Hebrew and Greek into English.
It also appears that the Fowler has asked the taxpayers to pay for his legal team.
I hope that common sense prevails with the judge so that the suit is dismissed as being without standing. Academic integrity and the ability to freely translate ancient writings, not to mention to create new works of opinion and commentary are at stake here.
Next: will Fowler attempt to ban all English Bibles he does not approve of? Or maybe he will just settle for being able to muzzle ministers who read the passages in question aloud to the public.
Let me suggest that Fowler would really be better off to consider that maybe God loves him so much that He has outlined behavior that is so damaging to his physical and spiritual wellbeing that it must be forbidden.
Moreover, unless and until such people take serious heed to God's warning, He cannot grant them salvation. Let Fowler realize that when Jesus is recorded as saying in Revelation 22 verse 15 that those who practice homosexuality (”dogs”) will not be allowed into the Holy City (a metaphor for salvation), it is for a very good reason.
(now also note that socialists won't be allowed in either, for socialists are liars about economic and moral truths)
So, nobody thought homosexualism was sinful until Zondervan published its editions?
Exactly how does a private publishing entity violate Constitutional rights?
He must have missed what Blackstone had to say about it.
At least he admits the Bible says that Homosexuality is a sin. Too many people, including leaders of supposedly Christian churches, say that homosexuality is no sin, and we just don’t know how to interpret scripture — and that we should instead accept their authority as to how to interpret that scripture.
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