'Gay' man sues Bible publishers
$70 million for emotional distress because homosexuality cast as sin
July 09, 2008
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.
He filed suit against Tennessee publisher Thomas Nelson in June.
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You should read this whole article. It is clearly a case of a kook who has been taken seriously. I doubt that this lawsuit will go far, but the fact that can even be filed shows where matters are headed.
Christians are often accused of being hard-hearted and mean-spirited toward homosexuals. There no doubt are examples of that attitude scattered about Christendom. But there is every reason for Christians to react to the aggressive homosexual lobby.
There are probably many people who sin by practicing homosexuality, but do so without advertising that fact or lobbying in various ways to demand that the rest of us approve of their behavior. I can sympathize with anyone who struggles with any sin - don’t we all struggle with some sin or other? I can have a bit of pity for those who have suppressed the knowledge that homosexual practice is a sin.
But my compassion is quickly extinguished by those who not only practice homosexuality, but demand that the rest of us congratulate them for their sinful practice. Those demands are disgusting enough when they are made at a merely “social” level. My respect for free expression requires that I tolerate those demands.
But once those “social” demands are moved to the legal arena, they become an offense against civilization. Historic Christianity teaches, via the scripture, that homosexual practice is a sin. Homosexuals should be politically free to deny that, object to that, or even just ignore that.
But when some homosexuals try to use the government as a weapon against those who want to practice the Christian faith, it is time to give them a verbal and social “smack in the mouth” and simply demand that they mind their own business.
Perhaps it has happened, but I can’t locate any examples of adulterers or fornicators attempting to use the state against the Christian faith. In most cases, they are probably just too busy fornicating to care what anyone else thinks. But this points up the problem here. We have allowed homosexuality to position itself as some kind of special, category supposedly deserving protection from the state.
It is that positioning that Christians should vehemently oppose and condemn. That doesn’t make us mean-spirited. It makes us truthful. Advocates of the historic Christian faith can never approve of homosexual practice. Those homosexuals who can’t respect that need to reconsider the very nature of a free society - the very kind of society that allows them to practice their perversion without criminal or civil penalty.
Is it too much to ask that they reciprocate toward those who would like to try to practice righteousness?