I‘ve written about a lot of dumb lawsuits over the years. I’ve probably referred to at least one of them as the dumbest lawsuit ever filed. Forget that. They’ve all been topped. This is the dumbest lawsuit that has ever been filed or will ever be filed. As Hemant reports, a man in Texas is suing Richard Dawkins for calling him stupid.
You may recall that Dawkins famously said in a 1989 book review, “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that).” Karl L. Dahlstrom, who wrote an anti-evolution book a few years ago, has filed a $58 million lawsuit claiming that Dawkins must have been referring to him, 24 years before he wrote his book, and has thus subjected him to ridicule:
… Plaintiff Karl L. Dahlstrom not only does not believe in Evolution, but he is the only individual on earth in the history of man that has scientifically disproven Evolution. This makes Karl L. Dahlstrom the number one candidate for Richard Dawkins attack, even though Karl L. Dahlstrom, i.e., the “somebody”, could not be ignorant, stupid, or insane or wicked as scientifically proven by the book, The Organized Universe by Karl L. Dahlstrom with C. Phillip Clegg. Thus, the allegations or accusations/statement that Karl L. Dahlstrom, i.e. “somebody”, who does not believe in Evolution is ignorant, stupid, or insane or wicked is totally incorrect and false with results being a tort or worse against the Plaintiff Karl L. Dahlstrom. Richard Dawkins has caused millions of persons to be prejudiced and biased against Karl L. Dahlstrom and injured his reputation and subjected him to hatred, contempt, ridicule and financial injury from persons not exposed to the truth about Darwinian Evolution and the position Plaintiff Karl L. Dahlstrom has taken on this issue.
If you’d like to sue me over that, Mr. Dahlstrom, be my guest. Texas has one of the strongest anti-SLAPP statutes in the country and I’d be happy to use it. To make it an (almost) fair fight, I might just represent myself as well. You can read the full complaint here. To be fair, I’m sure it reads better in its original form, scrawled onto the side of Piggly Wiggly bag in crayon.