Gay Man Sues Publishers Over Bible Verses On Homosexuality
Just two short weeks ago, the Supreme Court decided that state bans on same sex marriage were unconstitutional. Many celebrated that decision, calling it a victory for equal rights. Others, however, wondered what kind of worm would be next to crawl out now that the can was open.
We expected bakers, caterers, photographers, and owners of popular wedding venues to face more and more lawsuits when they declined to provide services during same sex weddings. We expected pastors who refused to perform same sex ceremonies to face criticism, lawsuits, and threats of revoking the tax-exempt status of their churches.
I, for one, did not expect the lawsuit filed by ex-convict and author Bradley LaShawn Fowler. In two separate briefs, he filed suits seeking a combined $70 million in damages from Zondervan Publishing Company and Thomas Nelson Publishing. He claimed that both publishers violated his civil rights and engaged in malicious negligence in the publication of several revised versions of the Bible.
Fowler posits that their use of the term “homosexual” in 1 Corinthians 6:9 was added specifically to cause harm, and since the pastor of his family’s church preaches from a version that contains the word “homosexual,” his family has made him an outcast. His suit seeks compensation for 20 years of emotional distress and mental instability resulting from the publishers’ carelessness....Keep Reading