Thursday, October 2, 2008


Gay Man Files $70M Suit Against Bible Publishers Over ‘Homosexual’ Verses

A homosexual man has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, alleging that their version of the Bible that refers to homosexuality as a sin violates his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress. Bradley LaShawn Fowler, an ex-con turned author, filed the federal suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan recently, the same day a judge refused to appint him a lawyer for his suit against Thomas Nelson.

“The Court has some very genuine concerns about the nature and efficacy of these claims,” the judge wrote.

Fowler, who is representing himself in both cases, claims that Zondervan manipulated Scripture by using the term “homosexuals” in 1 Corinthians 6:9 of their 1982 and 1987 revised edition Bibles. He also contends that the reference to homosexuality was deleted by the publisher in later versions without informing the public.

He alleges that since the older King James Version containing the term “homosexuals” is used by his family pastor, he has been outcast by his family.

The 39-year-old is suing the Grand Rapids publisher for compensation of 20 years of “emotional duress and mental instability,” he told WOODTV in Grand Rapids.

In a hand-written suit, Fowler lists all sorts of charges against Zondervan including malicious negligence, strict liability, malice, libel, and violating his civil rights. He filed a suit in June against Tennessee-based publisher Thomas Nelson on similar grounds. He’s seeking $60 million from Zondervan and $10 million from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Zondervan issued a statement to The Christian Post that said they do not discuss ongoing litigation. The company’s spokesperson Tara Powers, however, pointed out that they only publish Bibles, not translate them. “Since Zondervan does not translate the Bible or own the copyright for any of the translations we publish, we are not in a position to comment on the merits of how a word should or should not be translated,” said Powers.

“We rely on the scholarly judgment of the highly respected and credible translation committees behind each translation and never alter the text of the translations we are licensed to publish. We only publish credible translations produced by credible biblical scholars,” she noted.

According to Fowler, Zondervan has 20 days to respond to the claims listed.


Shaywun's Input:

I swear, sometimes I feel people make up these stories!!! I honestly couldn't stop laughing from beginning to end. Is someone kidding me, where do they find these people o?!?!?! 20 years of which “emotional duress and mental instability"??? Where did he find time to sue two different publishers, from two very different states, with his emotional and mental problems? And then hand-written to say the least! Dude must be going through some type of mid-life crisis at 39. Jesus help us...

Anyway after reading this newspaper article, I wondered if I could have a case of my own so I got in touch with my lawyer and I have decided to sue every person within the vicinity of zipcodes 77036, 77073, 77096, 77373, 77380 (we're still investigating other zipcodes although I just want to go with the whole of Houston!) who is "bigger than life itself" starting from 200lb (if you know what I mean).

I am filing a $100 million lawsuit because I feel my constitutional rights have also been violated and it is causing me a great deal of emotional distress. They're taking up my space and breathing way too much of my air. And please refrain from asking me about the case cause I cannot discuss ongoing litigation either!

Well my lawyer said someone sued McDonalds for being served a hot cup of coffee, so why not, I might actually have a case! Me too, I want compensation for all 23½ years of emotional turmoil for everytime I've had to think about it, darn it!!! I might probably want to start drawing up something against my siblings, mother, the whole extended family, employer, educational institution, fast-food restaurants, my bank (ugh... CHASE got that covered already), the city of Houston, and maybe the whole state of Texas.

Heck, even Oprah! Such an easy target with the way she runs her mouth (I still love her though hehehe). They've all violated my constitutional right in one capacity or the other!

Y'all better start checking yourselves lol, you could probably have a case of your own. Is the world flat already?

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