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

Thursday, July 9, 2015 18:36
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A gay man has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, claiming that their version of the Bible that refers to homosexuality as a sin violates his constitutional rights and has caused him great emotional distress.

Daily Headlines reported that Bradley LaShawn Fowler, an ex-con turned author, filed the federal suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Monday, the same day a judge refused to appoint him a lawyer for his suit against Thomas Nelson, The Grand Rapids Press reported.

“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 were deleted by the publisher in later versions without informing the public.

He alleges that since the older Kings 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 WOOD-TV 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.

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  • Amminadab

    Sadly the way the political winds are blowing he will probably win.

    It is already against the law in the UK to preach against homosexuality.

    • Bill Lyle

      I’ll be the first to defend a gay person’s right to be who they are. With that being said, this Fowler guy is just an idiot. I hate people who are given an inch, but try to take a mile.

      • truthlovingsoul

        agreed. they need to shut up already.

        • Bill Lyle

          To me, it’s no different than the people who got the Confederate Flag taken down. You won. Be gracious in victory, and STFU.

          I don’t care what cause it is. If you get your way, it’s over. There’s no reason to keep pushing salt in the wounds.

      • Pix

        Bill Lyle “I hate people who are given an inch, but try to take a mile.”

        What you mean like the religious?

        • Bill Lyle

          They’ve been guilty of it , too. Not to paint all believers with the same brush, though. Some of em are pretty cool people.

          • Pix

            I do paint them all with the same brush, because they all believe that if you’re not a member of their particular cult, you must be an evil antichrist. Rare is the Christian, Jew or Muslim who has any respect for anyone else.

          • Bill Lyle

            I don’t know about that, Pix. I seem to have garnered the respect of quite a few of the more hardcore believers, around here. The ones that I speak with, outside the BIN, have always been excellent to me, and accepted me for the unrepentant Heathen I am.
            You’re right about the Jews and Muslims. They just don’t seem to like anybody. :lol: :lol:

  • Amminadab

    It is true the words “homosexuality” and “homosexual” do not appear in the King James Bible, which was printed in the year 1611, but the simple reason is that those words hadn’t even been invented, even though the sexual act between males is clearly described in the King James Version (KJV) Biblical record. e.g. from the Old Testament: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination” (Leviticus 18 22 KJV) and: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: (Leviticus 20:13 KJV). If you like to check the Apostle Paul’s use of the Greek word “arseno – koites” in 1 Corinthians 6: 9 (Strong’s number 733), which shouldn’t need any translation as a description of anal sex. Of course the similarity of the Greek to the vulgar Anglo Saxon ‘arse’ which has been doing the rounds for the past 1,000 years or so does not prove the case. You can either plug the English word homosexual into a modern online English Greek dictionary and find the translation is still arsenokoites, or you can trace the meaning from its parts arsen and koites which refers to men in bed. And when men are sleeping together – we think you’ve got the point.

    In 1 Corinthians 6: 9 chapter Paul wrote on the sinfulness of homosexuality. The King James Translators rendered the Greek as “abusers of themselves with mankind.” The word “homosexual” wouldn’t be available in English for at least another two and half centuries. The Oxford Dictionary informs us the word “homosexual” has its origin in the late 19th century, and is a blend of the words “homo” (from the Greek: homos, meaning ‘same’) and “sexual” (no explanation necessary).

  • sean michael blacab

    Gay man walks into a gay bar goes up to
    the bar and asks a sodomite, Can I push in your stool.

    I cant help it Its my nature.


    All for ONE,and ONE for all.

    Atum ,the great olive in the sky.

    • xenoverse

      really bro

  • mask

    The more gays come out of the woods and claim such insanities the easier it will be for the mob to identify them when the tides turn.

  • albertan

    SUCK IT UP, LITTLE BUTTERCUP! NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS. You should be laughed out of court.

    • qaneh-bosem honestyherb

      :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • NWO for Dummies.

    Well why don’t you just give up and die – you hypocrite. All your crap on here which no one ever reads and your bible as an avatar and thats the best you can come up with? why do you come on here in the first place if thats your attitude. stand and fight or stand down and get out of the way.

    • Jeffrey Daugherty

      No one ever reads my articles? How did you come to respond then? I am on the air 5 hours a week stand up and fighting for what I believe in? What are you doing, troll?

      • NWO for Dummies.

        that was posted in reply to aminidinibad or whatever – last i looked your face is not a bible. Its not my fault if it ended up where it did — or maybe it was but whatever it clearly identified him.

  • Pix

    “The company’s spokesperson Tara Powers, however, pointed out that they only publish Bibles, not translate them.”

    That wont save them. They still published it for circulation amongst the general public. It is publishing material to incite hatred in others towards a minority group. If only you religious folks walked your high and mighty talk, you wouldn’t need legislating against to force it out of you, or at least compensation for damages. In truth, you are the problem, you’re terrorists.

  • Pix

    I think all divorcee’s should sue the publishers of bibles, for inciting death hate against them. It’s the same punishment for ‘men lying with men’ as it is for getting a divorce, “thou shalt not suffer them to live.”

    While it won’t win a court case, it sure would bring it home to the religious what a bunch of vile terrorist hypocrites they are. You’re not nice people, you’re terrorists looking for victims.

    • V. Religious

      Let me tell you what the judeo-christo-FREAKS really hate, Pix!
      It is when THEIR Laws made by white skinned Caucasian males, who are self proclaimed judeo-christo-CREEPS, are taken, AND USED AGAINST THEM!
      They REALLY hate that!
      All their judeo-christo-FREAK Universities do NOT teach how to combat that!
      I say, sue the roman catholic pedophile criminal network, here, in the jew-nited Fraudulent Fascist states of TORTURE and MILITARY TERROR, for publishing, and supporting in their doctrine a quote by St Thomas Aquinas, one of catholicism’s greatest theologians, which states ‘Suffer the Heretic not to live’!

      ONCE AGAIN, a death threat made against ANYONE deemed by these all male run religious TERRORISTS, to be a Heretic!
      SUE THEM ALL, all religions, right out of existence!
      For good! :grin: :grin:

  • qaneh-bosem honestyherb

    It is written that Y’shua said that the scriptures do not have everlasting life.
    A personal relationship with Him is where everlasting life exist. not a book
    of scriptures.

    “You search the Scriptures, for you think in them you have everlasting life.
    And they are the ones witnessing concerning Me.
    And you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”
    John 5:39.40

  • Grim

    Congratulations, members of the *gay agenda*!! Whereas, there were millions of people in the US who really didn’t think badly about you, now they are finding their feelings quickly evolving into hatred, thanks to your efforts. Just remember, in the near future, when you are getting your homo head caved in, you worked hard to make it happen.

    • Bill Lyle

      Stay classy, redneck.

  • bert

    A little web research reveals the lawsuit referenced in this feature was filed in Michigan in 2008. There are several articles from that time period speaking to the filing. One link is here:

    Most of the articles on this subject seem to suggest the filing is recent, and in concert with the current SCOTUS ruling.

    It is not.

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