Thursday, August 14, 2008

News: "'Gay' man sues Bible publishers"

I may get a lot of flack for posting this. If this offends anyone, I am sorry, however, I am a Christian who believes every word of the Bible. The Bible calls homosexuality a sin in more places than one. I have homosexual friends that I love & I would never want to hurt them but, having said that, I'm not going to ignore the fact that their lifestyle is a sin just like my friends who have sex before marriage, get drunk, commit crimes, do drugs, etc... I'm not saying I'm not a sinner. I am. I have sins I battle everyday & I won't pretend that what I do is okay. I also would not sue a publisher just because there is something I don't agree with in one of their books.

There are things in the Bible that I, as a fallen human, do not like or necessarily agree with, however, just because I don't agree with them does not make what is says wrong & me right. I am the one in error. As a Christian, I have to choose to follow & believe every word of what is written or consider it all a fabrication. It cannot be both. We cannot pick & choose what we want to believe & what we don't. Now there are some passages with a little leeway for interpretation but there are others where it says ____ is bad, ____ is a sin, the end and this just happens to be one of them.

With that disclaimer out of the way, I would encourage you to read the entire article. What follows are just clips from it. It gets even funnier (or should I say, sadder) on into the article.

Even if this man were not gay, he was not suing the bible publishers, & didn't have the reasons he does, this would still be a bizarre story. I mean, I wouldn't sue HarperCollins Publishers for something I didn't agree with in one of John Gray's books (Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus dude) (I've never read any of his books, I'm just using him as an example). I wouldn't even sue John Gray. I'd just put the book down & look for another.

I doubt very seriously this case will go anywhere. The guy is representing himself & going up against a huge, multi-million dollar company. What are his chances? However, with the way America seems to be headed, anything could happen. If the unthinkable does happen, I hope & pray that Zondervan & Thomas Nelson remain strong & continue to publish true doctrine & not watered down, "politically correct" crap.

'Gay' man sues Bible publishers
$70 million for emotional distress because homosexuality cast as sin

Bradley Fowler (
A homosexual man who has a blog on Sen. Barack Obama's campaign website is suing two major Christian publishers for violating his constitutional rights and causing emotional pain, because the Bible versions they publish refer 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.

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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."

U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr. refused Monday 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."

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."

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Fowler alleges both Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, with its King James Bible, manipulated Scripture without informing the public by using the term "homosexuals" in a New Testament passage, 1 Corinthians 6:9.

He told the Grand Rapids TV station in an interview he wants to "compensate for the past 20 years of emotional duress and mental instability."

Zondervan, he contended, is misinterpreting the Bible.

"These are opinions based on the publishers," Fowler said. "And they are being embedded in the religious structure as a way of life."

Fowler's blog on Sen. Barack Obama's campaign website features a post titled "Unleashing America from Injustice," in which he says he "was completely distraught after discovering the term-homosexual-was added to the bible, in 1976, and then removed, in 2001 and 2006, without any consideration to the many victims who committed suicide or were murdered because of their sexual preference of homosexuality."

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