You know how the Bible says a lot of crazy things and can be interpreted to mean whatever you want it to mean?
Bradley LaShawn Fowler, a 39-year-old from Michigan, said he was reading a Bible or two and found that — wait for it — they called homosexuality sinful!
I know. I know… Shocking. I’ll let you soak that one in…
Not only that, the claim caused him (a gay man) to “suffer discrimination, emotional pain and mental instability.”
Now, he’s fighting back.
Fowler says the publishers of those Bibles — Zondervan and Thomas Nelson — “deliberately caused homosexuals to suffer by misinterpretation of the Bible.”
So he’s suing the Bible publishers for a total of $70,000,000.
In Zondervan’s case, for example, Fowler states that the 1982 and 1987 editions used the term “homosexual” while the 1989 and 1994 editions took the term out without informing consumers.
If only everyone had been told homosexuality is ok, he wouldn’t have suffered, you see?
The best part about the story?
The Bible publishers are likely to prevail in this case, and they have pornographer Larry Flynt to thank for it. In the 1988 case of Hustler v. Falwell, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the First Amendment protects speech against claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress, unless that speech fails to meet the very permissive standards of U.S. libel law.