Is a Gay Man Suing Bible Publishers for $70 million?

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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.

8 Comments

  1. MarkSommer

    Amen!

  2. A couple of years ago we booked an excellent American church leader to school our leadership teams. In the middle of a session he addressed a church struggling with local council on building permits, doubtless more political than practical as resistance. Then he went on to gay marriage and the doom for clergy and churches. Then he stopped and looked at us, and perhaps realized that we are more than 10 years into this system. We know the story.
    There have been some moments of resistance–the anti-gay cake-makers. One publisher would not pamphlets by a gay person and could not demonstrate before the court that the publisher had rejected things he didn’t believe in that were not about homosexuality. A big Christian school is facing challenges from their law degree, but the legal scholars are split on which way it will go. The same school faced challenges on their education school, but on whether the alumni could provide sex ed or not (about 20 years ago I think). One street preacher with particularly strong invective was kicked off campus and then finally arrested. This happens too with pro-life, gender equality, and environmental protesters, and each time local law is used to trim up what the administrators want to squash things they don’t like.
    But our churches have been okay. Doubtless there will be a test case. But gay couples I know are tired enough of being rejected by the church: they don’t want to be turned down for a wedding.
    Churches are careful. Leaders are careful. But we’ve been okay. A lot of churches have decided only to marry church members, or to ensure pastors have the right to decide whether to marry any couple.
    Americans have a more embattled mindset–a culture war–so it may become more of an issue there, I don’t know. Now that the courts have shifted, I would encourage pastors to consider talking about Jesus, washing feet, lifting the chin of the lowly, teaching the Bible, etc. Our national fight against gay marriage cost millions, and during that time other national measures–war, response to catastrophe, hate crime legislation, environmental degradation, a slipping of the social safety net–these things suffered and could have used the the 7 figure advocacy instead of a fait compli.

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