A homosexual man has filed a $70 million lawsuit against bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, alleging that their version of the Bible that refers to homosexuality as a sin violates his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress.
Bradley LaShawn Fowler, an ex-con turned author, filed the federal suit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Monday, July 6 the same day a judge refused to appoint him a lawyer for his suit against Thomas Nelson.
“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.
It is unclear which “older King James Version (KJV)” gay man Fowler is referring to, but 100-year old King James Bible published by Walter Scott Ltd, London and annotated by Rev. John Eadie, a professor of biblical literature quotes the same 1 Corinthians 6:9 as “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.”
Here is the same verse as rendered in the more contemporary BBE – Bible in Basic English: “Have you not knowledge that evil-doers will have no part in the kingdom of God? Have no false ideas about this: no one who goes after the desires of the flesh, or gives worship to images, or is untrue when married, or is less than a man, or makes a wrong use of men.”
The 39-year-old gay 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.
Fowler also 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.
“Since Zondervan does not translate the Bible or own the copyright for any of the translations we publish, we are not in a position to comment on the merits of how a word should or should not be translated,” said Powers.
“We rely on the scholarly judgment of the highly respected and credible translation committees behind each translation and never alter the text of the translations we are licensed to publish. We only publish credible translations produced by credible biblical scholars,” she noted.
According to Fowler, Zondervan has 20 days to respond to the claims listed.
This should gladden the hearts of all anti-Christ agents who not only want to revel in every sin that the Holy Bible speaks against as God’s word, but who also want their perverted ways of life become the norm around the world.
Nowadays, many Christians rely on the bible apps on their smartphones for their scripture readings. Unfortunately, should the likes of ex-con gay Fowler foul up the world through gay judges (some of whom claim to be Christians too) or even straight judges who wish to bury the power and truth of God’s word, then it is more than likely that all Bible apps overtime will be updated to expunge words like ‘homosexual’ and everything else that offend the anti-Christ.
Now Christians know for sure that the countdown to the End has indeed begun and this $70m-gay-suit fouler by Fowler is an extra catalyst following the US Supreme Court judgement legalising gay marriage across America.