Saturday, July 12, 2008


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) -- Christian publisher Zondervan is facing a $60
million federal lawsuit filed by a man who claims he and other homosexuals
suffered based on what the suit claims is a misinterpretation of the

The suit centers on one passage in scripture -- 1 Corinthians
-- and how it reads in Bibles published by Zondervan.

the federal civil rights suit will stand up in court is

Bradley Fowler filed it. He says Zondervan Bibles published in
and 1987 use the word homosexuals among a list of those who are "wicked" or
"unrighteous" and won't inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Fowler says
his family's pastor used that Zondervan Bible, and
because of it his family
considered him a sinner and he suffered.

Now he is asking for an apology
and $60 million.

"To compensate for the past 20 years of emotional duress and mental instability," Fowler told 24 Hour News 8 in a phone interview.

Somehow, I suspect that $60 million is a greater incentive to Mr. Fowler than his poor little hurt feelings. I'd also hazard to guess that this isn't his first bout with "emotional stress and mental instability".

All that aside, the last thing we need is for the black-robed tyrants of the United States "Justice" system to take a stab at this one. Those clowns have trouble with all kinds of simple phrases in plain English like..."prohibiting the free exercise thereof", "shall not be infringed", "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects." "nor shall private property be taken for public use", and "powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution". Now they may have the arrogance to "interpret" the Word of God?

First off, the First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." This was defense against a state-mandated religion, like the Church of England, or just about any Muslim country you care to mention.

Notice that nowhere does the Constitution include the phrase "Separation of church and state." That phrase came from a personal letter from Thomas Jefferson, yet the Supreme Court used it to "interpet" the First Amendment in accordance with the "inentions of the Founding Fathers". Of course, that was a one shot deal. The intentions of the Founding Fathers are deliberately and, dare I say, maliciously ignored in the case of those other pesky amendments, like the rest of the First, all of the Second, the Fourth, the Fifth, and the Tenth.

But for just a moment, let's go along with the Big Lie of separation of church and state. Wouldn't the courts ruling on this case then be the ultimate violation of this precept? Of course, the Federal government has never been known for stricly applying its own rules to itself. Some animals are more equal than others.

As for the Word itself, 1 Corinthians 6:9 in the King James version reads: "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind?"

Ironically for the deeply devout Mr. Fowler and his lawsuit, 1 Corinthians 6:7 says, "Now therefor there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another."

Since the passage mentioned in the lawsuit is too ambiguous for Mr. Fowler, here's where I should quote Leviticus 18:22: It's pretty clear on the subject. Alas, actually having Leviticus 18:22 in writing or quoting it is a "Hate Crime" in the city of Philadelphia. So much for the rest of the First Amendment. So, for all I know, I may have just sentenced our blog to death by Political Correctness and this may be my last post for having the audacity to quote Scripture. See ya'll in the lion's den.

1 comment:

Ben said...

You think they'll drag the Big Guy in to testify?

As a libertarian, I think gays should be able to do whatever they want under SECULAR law. But trying to change the Bible to accommodate your lifestyle (rather than vice-versa)is just creepy. I think ding-dongs like this guy hurt whatever credibility and acceptance that gays might have among the general public.