Didn’t I just post something like this already today? No, a Vermont pastor isn’t being jailed for refusing to officiating a same-sex marriage.
And no, no one is currently suing any Bible publisher for $70 million (or any other amount) because of “offensive” verses.
Has someone sued Bible publishers for that reason? Yes, Bradley Fowler did sue Zondervan, but it was in 2008 and the case was dismissed.
So no, this is not the result of President Obama’s policies or the Supreme Court’s ruling. This happened while President Bush was in office and before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.
But untrustworthy sites like Daily Headlines and Truth Uncensored have shared this story recently, claiming the lawsuit was just filed.
You can read the breakdown of the original case and recent spread at Snopes, which regularly debunks rumors circulating on the Internet.
If you would like to read the court’s actual ruling, the PDF is publicly available. I can save you the time, here are the parts of the case you need to know.
Thus, the Court concludes that Fowler’s claims of “malicious negligence, breach of duty, [and] duty of care” must be dismissed.
Inasmuch as Fowler has not provided the Court with any grounds upon which to conclude that the utilization of the word, “homosexual,” in any of the referenced publications by Zondervan Publishing constitutes a defamatory statement as it applies to him, his claim must fail.
In his pleadings, Fowler claims to have known that the publication of this allegedly offensive word by Zondervan Publishing was false which, in turn, suggests that he did not rely on it to his detriment. Thus, this allegation must be rejected because he has not asserted a valid claim of fraud.
With regard to Fowler’s allegation of res ipsa loquitur, the Court concludes that Zondervan Publishing does not owe a duty to him for the reasons discussed above. As such, these claims must also be dismissed as well.
Finally, here is the courts ruling on Zondervan’s motion to dismiss the case:
Therefore, Zondervan Publishing’s motion to dismiss because of Fowler’s failure to state a claim is granted.
I know Christians are anxious about the potential loss of religious liberty and what all may result from the Supreme Court’s ruling, but we must be diligent to check out the stories before we share them on social media.