Man claims Bible made him "an outcast from his family and contributed to physical discomfort and periods of 'demoralization, chaos and bewilderment.'"
-- From "'Gay' Man Sues Bible Publishers" © 2008 WorldNetDaily 7/9/08
A homosexual man who has a blog on Sen. Barack Obama's campaign website is suing two major Christian publishers for violating his constitutional rights and causing emotional pain, because the Bible versions they publish refer to homosexuality as a sin.
Bradley LaShawn Fowler, 39, of Canton, Mich., is seeking $60 million from Zondervan and another $10 million from Thomas Nelson Publishing in lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the Grand Rapids Press reported.
Fowler, who is representing himself in both lawsuits, says in his complaint against Zondervan that the publisher intended to design a religious, sacred document to reflect an individual opinion or a group's conclusion to cause "me or anyone who is a homosexual to endure verbal abuse, discrimination, episodes of hate, and physical violence ... including murder."
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This lawsuit may go nowhere today in America; however, if free speech rights continue to erode, a case like this will soon be taken seriously in the states, just as it already has in Canada and Europe.