A Lawsuit of Biblical Proportions: Christian Publisher Sued for Allegedly Homophobic Translation of Bible

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Christian publisher Zondervan is facing a $60 million federal lawsuit for allegedly homophobia and prejudicial translations of the Bible. by a man who claims he and other homosexuals have suffered based on what the suit claims is a misinterpretation of the Bible. Bradley Fowler has sued the publisher despite the fact that it is not the translator.

Fowler focuses on the translation of 1 Corinthians 6:9 — and notes that homosexuals are listed “wicked” or “unrighteous” and barred from the kingdom of heaven.

A typical such translation reads “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God (1Cor 6:9-10; NKJV).”

Fowler insists that $60 million and an apology is needed “To compensate for the past 20 years of emotional duress and mental instability,” Fowler told 24 Hour News 8 in a phone interview.

He insists that Zondervan Bibles published in the 1980s use the word homosexuals but that it dropped in later editions.

It is a frivolous lawsuit that in flawed on a variety of levels. People are allowed to interrupt Biblical passages as they see fit. It is certainly not the domain of courts to resolve such theological debates.

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60 thoughts on “A Lawsuit of Biblical Proportions: Christian Publisher Sued for Allegedly Homophobic Translation of Bible”

  1. In fact, I’d be willing to wager that Jesus and the boyz have got that fat pig, Falwell, turning nicely glazed on a spit, as we speak.

    😐

    Rump Roast.

  2. The fact is, the least Christian like of the Christian denominations, are the Evangelicals.

    They do not follow the words of the man who’s name they claim to bear, but instead spend their time condemning others, based on archaic values they dig up out of the Torah.

    Christians, true Christians, read and follow the words of Christ.

    Not Moses.

  3. I will say this for you Michael Spindell.

    Reading your post, does in fact cause one to envision “nature calling”.

  4. One when of you can formulate an actual argument, along with some facts to refute whatever facts I posted that you apparently disagree with, I’ll be happy to eviscerate them for you as well.

  5. Michael Spindell
    1, July 11, 2008 at 11:03 am
    Bartlebee, you need to get a life! As much as I love Prof. Turley’s website, it’s sunny outside and life calls me. All this time by the computer can’t be that fulfilling, when interactions with other humans and nature calls.

    ———–

    Is this sour grapes day, or just assorted fruits in general?

    Another juvenile rant without a shred of data, or even a general argument, to refute a single fact which I presented.

    What I do notice however, is the pitiful retort reserved for the perpetually dim bloggers who cannot produce a single original thought of their own, so they resort to criticizing the subject they cannot compete with, for merely being in the blog.

    The same blog they themselves are in.

    😐

    Amazing.

  6. mespo727272
    1, July 11, 2008 at 7:14 am
    BARTLEBEE:

    No, Patty has it right. You somehow think avoiding the issue, semantic hairsplitting, textual cherry-picking, and denying what you have already said makes you superior
    ——-

    Well gee, thats a mouthfull.

    Unfortunately, it does not contain any facts, specifics, quotes to which you are presuming to refute, etc.

    Nothing but one long unfounded, juvenile rant, that produces not one iota of actual data to support the rant.

    So perhaps to you, I do appear superior.

    After all, my commments, have things like…. you know,… facts… and such.

    But feel free to wow us all with your extensive knowledge on the subject, by actually refuting something I said.

    I’ll be waiting.

  7. Bartlebee, you need to get a life! As much as I love Prof. Turley’s website, it’s sunny outside and life calls me. All this time by the computer can’t be that fulfilling, when interactions with other humans and nature calls. As for your intellectual pretensions, a truly intelligent person is one who can admit to oneself (and the world) that no matter how much one has learned, there is still infinitely much more to discover. Your conception of intellect seems highly competitive, which means that true dialog is impossible, since for you it is all about proving that you’re smarter. What a waste since the beauty and fun of this website is actually having a dialog with other people that can lead to mutual gains in knowledge.

  8. BARTLEBEE:

    No, Patty has it right. You somehow think avoiding the issue, semantic hairsplitting, textual cherry-picking, and denying what you have already said makes you superior. What I see is a psuedo-intellectual desperate to appear knowledgeable and a guy with way too much time on his hands.

  9. Patty C
    1, July 11, 2008 at 12:33 am
    Enough!

    —–

    Well gee Patty, since I’m not talking to you, but responding to another commenter, (unless he’s you incognito), and since I’ve gotten your clock about as clean as I can get it, I’ll accept your declartion that you’ve “had enough”, and continue responding to the more calm, collective blogger who is discussing Christianity with me in a much more mature manner, than you.

  10. The law Jesus introduced, made certain that the old law was fulfilled.

    If someone for example, commits adultery, then they are not following his law, because they are not loving their neighbor….. 😐

    ok… lemme rephrase that.:D

    Your neighbor, is everyone you come in contact with.If you cheat therefore on your wife, you’ve cheated on your neighbor, and broken his law.

    If you fail to pay someone money you owe them, then you’ve not honored that person in the manner he described (as you would have done unto you), thus, keeping his law, ensured the old law was fulfilled.

    Many people make the mistake of thinking he did away with the old law. He did not. He just introduced a higher law.

    Think of it like applying for a CDL (Commercial Drivers License). If someone who’s never had a license, applies for a CDL, he does not need to worry about the requirements for a standard Class D Operators license. Because his “higher law” will ensure he complies with the lower one.

    The problem with the Evangelicals is, they pay little to no attention to the “higher law”, and spend all their time nitpicking at others on the lower one.

    The words of the man they claim to represent, are in the 4 Gospels. The Narrative known as the Gospel of Saint John, and the Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke.

    When the Evangelicals can start teaching their sermons from THESE books, and not Leveticus, then they’ll have a leg to stand on.

    In the meantime, they’re just a bunch of Pharisee’s (cause they believe in the literal resurrection, otherwise I’d call em Saducees, ha ha), spouting orders at others, preaching high in the market places… to be “seen of men”, wearing fine apparels and ignoring the words of the guy they claim to represent.

    So no, I won’t go easy on the “Evangelicals”.

    They’re the worst of the bunch.

  11. Ok, got tired of waiting.

    Here’s a little more to ponder when formulating your next response.

    Jesus gave his law, which fulfilled the old law, (Law of Moses), and introduced a new, higher law. His law didn’t require direct admonitions on specific crimes, like murder, or theivery.

    Following his law precluded any such events from ever occuring, thus, following his law, meant never having to pay attention to the old law, again. Because focusing on his law, meant the important aspects of the old law, would naturally be fulfilled.

    He instructed those who would claim to follow him, to not focus on the minutia of the old way, but to instead, learn, and follow his new law. His new commandments. His “good news”.

    Thus, he didn’t admonish his followers to follow “the” commandments.

    He said;

    If you love me, keep MY commandments

    John 14:15

  12. mespo727272
    1, July 10, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    And I wouldn’t go around badmouthing the Evangelicals. From a theological standpoint, they are much truer to their faith than you since they accept the Bible literally and in toto, as the Bible itself says they must.

    ————-

    Well, if accepting the Bible literally and toto, means they ignore the 4 Gospels, which are the only books which contain the “new law” which they are supposed to be adhering to, then I agree.

    I can honestly say at that point, that they accept the Bible in “toto”.

    😀

    But they don’t accept it in total.

    Because if they did, they’d know that none of it applies to them until they abide by “the good news”, the “new law”, as delivered by the master. The guy who’s words they somehow never seem to quote in their public stump speeches.

  13. Oh, and by the way, no where in your excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church does it define the bible as “infallible”.

    You might want to go back further than that publication to find such assertations made by the Catholics.

    Think Constantine, and Innocent the 1st.

  14. mespo727272
    1, July 10, 2008 at 11:47 pm
    Bartlebee:

    From your multitude of posts I have gleaned that you accept only that part of the Bible is divinely inspired
    —————–

    Then I’d try “gleaning” some more.

    Nothing in any of my “multitude” of posts suggests that any part of the Bible is “divinely inspired”.

    My comments merely point out the obvious hubris of the Evangelical Christians, in ignoring the words and teachings of the man whom they claim to represent.

    I’ll wait until you re-formulate your position to address what I did say, to continue if you like.

  15. Bartlebee:

    From your multitude of posts I have gleaned that you accept only that part of the Bible is divinely inspired despite the tenets of all other faiths that their entire magic book is the unerring word of the Creator–and yes the Catholics say that too in their catechism.* Your cafeteria Christianity does make my job harder, but as you can see below there are more than enough contradictions to go around. I guess the Gospels turn you on so let’s talk about that:

    Let’s start with the central mystery of Christendom, the crucifixion:

    When was Christ crucified? Mark 15:25 “And it was the third hour and they crucified him.” John 19:14-15 “And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour; and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your king…Shall I crucify your king?” John 19:14-15.

    Moving along, let’s talk resurrection:

    How many women came to the sepulcher? John 20:1 Only one woman went, Mary Magdalene. Matthew 28:1 Mary Magdalene and the “other Mary” (Jesus’ mother) went.

    Mark 16:2 It was sunrise when the two women went to the sepulcher. John 20:1 It was still dark (before sunrise) when Mary Magdalene went alone to the sepulcher.

    There were two angels seen by the women at the sepulcher and they were standing up. Luke 24:4 There was only one angel seen and he was sitting down. Mark 28:2-5

    How many angels were within the sepulcher? John 20:11-12 two, Mark 16:5 one.

    Now really these are just small matters, how about something important like where did Jesus appear to his apostles after the resurrection:

    Where did Jesus first appear to the eleven disciples? In a room in Jerusalem. Luke 24:32-37 On a mountain in Galilee. Matthew 28:15-17

    Ok so let’s stop nitpicking and reach the crux of the matter and find out if the most important event in the Scripture, Christ’s ascension into heaven thus proving his divinity is faithfully captured by these “careful” scribes:

    Where did Christ ascend from? From Mount Olivet. Acts 1:9-12 From Bethany. Luke 24:50-51

    Paul’s attendants heard the miraculous voice and stood speechless. Acts 9:7 Paul’s attendants did not hear the voice and were prostrate. Acts 22:9 & 26:14

    Has anyone ascended up to heaven? Elijah went up to heaven: “And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” 2 Kings 2:11 “No man hath ascended up to heaven but he that came down from heaven, even the son of man.” John 3:13

    And I wouldn’t go around badmouthing the Evangelicals. From a theological standpoint, they are much truer to their faith than you since they accept the Bible literally and in toto, as the Bible itself says they must. I don’t really blame you though. Who wants to be associated with that crowd or their brand of religion. Oh sorry, I now see that you have all the answers, and like every other dogmatist, arrogantly claim superior knowledge to those who believe too little and those who believe too much.

    ___________________

    *God is the author of Sacred Scripture. “The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.”

    “For Holy Mother Church, relying on the faith of the apostolic age, accepts as sacred and canonical the books of the Old and the New Testaments, whole and entire, with all their parts, on the grounds that, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author, and have been handed on as such to the Church herself.”

    (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part 1, Sec.1, Ch. 2, Art. 3, Para II (105))

  16. In all fairness however, to mespo, and others desperatly seeking to discredit other peoples faith, and religions, I will admit its not really their fault.

    Its the fault of the Evangelical Christians, once again. (Sorry EC’s)

    See, its the Evangelical Christians, who read the bible like they’re reading a comic book, and expound on it accordingly.

    The notion that the Bible, is the “infallible” word of god, is another false flag perpetuated by the Evangelical community to support their pastors doctrinal omnipotence.

    Even the Catholics no longer try and sell that one.

  17. Now, if your argument, albeit inaccurately represented, is that there are “contradictions” in the various books of the bible, then “duh”.

    Unfortunately, that has little to do with verfiying the original text.

    And since my argument, was with regards to the veracity of the oral and written traditions, your “argument” appears to be confined to within your own person.

    😐

    Or perhaps extended to the “strawman” you created for it.

  18. mespo727272
    1, July 10, 2008 at 5:24 pm
    Bartlebee:

    “The Gospels themselves, date back to at or around the time of the deaths of the first apostles, thus, thats pretty good intel, from a historical perspective.”
    *****************

    Then how would you account for the 140 or so contradictions in the unerring, divine text, some as simple as:

    Man was created after the other animals
    Gen 1:25,26,27
    Man was created before the other animals
    Gen 2:18,19

    And my personal favorite:

    All scripture is inspired
    2 Tim 3:16
    Some scripture is not inspired
    1 Cor 7:6/ 1 Cor 7:12/ 2 Cor 11:17

    I wouldn’t send you out into the night with intel like that
    —————

    😐

    Good thing too.

    Because the “Gospels”, are not found in Genesis.

    😐

    Or 1st Corintians for that matter.

    In fact, not one of the books you referenced is one of the “gospels”.

    So yes, thank you.

    I wouldn’t want you sending me “out” with THAT kind of intel, either.

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