Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Putting the Bible on Trial

Is the Bible hate speech? Or is Bradley Lashawn Fowler a troubled man with a nuisance law suit? Here's a look at the trends behind this disturbing case.

Bradley Lashawn Fowler, a gay man, claims that Christian publishing powerhouses, Zondervan Publishing and Thomas Nelson Publishing infringed his constitutional rights. Fowler alleges the companies' bibles' references to homosexuality as a sin made him an outcast from his family and contributed to physical discomfort and periods of "demoralization, chaos and bewilderment." According to a local TV station, "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.'"

When I first saw this case, I thought it was an example of gay activist overreach. But on closer examination, it looks more like a disturbed guy looking for some combination of attention and lawsuit winnings. The news stories make him sound more coherent than he sounds on his website.

Read the rest of the article by Jennifer Roback Morse at ToTheSource.org here.

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