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Bradley LaShawn Fowler, a gay man, filed a $70 million lawsuit against two Bible publishers citing their translation of the Bible which calls homosexuality a sin has not only caused him emotional distress but has violated his constitutional rights. The ex-con claims Zondervan and Thomas Nelson publishers have manipulated scripture with the use of the term “homosexuals” in certain revised editions of the Bible.
Fowler alleges that the term homosexual was deleted in later versions by Zondervan but in their 1982 and 1987 translations the publisher uses the term in First Corinthians 6:9 incorrectly. The older King James Version, from which his family pastor preaches, has caused him to be cast away by his family for its use of the word homosexual. As a result of suffering 20 years of mental instability and emotional duress, Fowler is suing $60 million from Zondervan and $10 million from Thomas Nelson Publishing.
In a hand-written suit, the 39-year-old man lists all sorts of charges against Zondervan including violating his civil rights, malice, libel, strict liability, malicious negligence, and malice. Fowler filed a similar suit against Thomas Nelson publishing company in June. In response to the suit, Tara Powers, Zondervan’s spokesperson, said the company does not translate Bibles, it only publishes them. She explained:
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. 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.
In as essay by Anthony Ashford to the website Religious Intolerance, he submits that today many Christians believe that homosexuals cannot go to heaven based on incorrect interpretations of about 20 verses of the Bible which includes nearly 31,000 total verses. Ashford said the anti-gay perception that these Christians teach goes against what Christ and the Bible really said.
Although the writer said he does not wish to sound like a Biblical scholar, it angers him that so many Christians are blind to the historical context of the Bible stories they use to condemn the gay community. In his essay titled, Six Biblical Reasons Christians Should Embrace Same-Sex Relationships Ashford presents six arguments using theology, logic, and sociocultural understandings of Biblical settings and common sense to prove the Bible is an ally for gay relationships.
Ashford went on to explain that no universally acceptable terms related to the homosexual lifestyle exist. There are two extremely different phenomena associated with homosexuality. Within liberal religious and the medical communities, the term is more commonly referred to as sexual orientation. It is believed to be a trait that has a genetic cause; one that is discovered rather than chosen, and is unchangeable. The medical community’s beliefs are based on results of studies performed by human sexuality specialists. While liberal religious communities typically base their beliefs on their interpretation of the Bible.
More conservative religious sects believe only heterosexual behavior is natural, normal and acceptable. They believe all other forms such as bisexual and homosexual behavior to be profoundly and intrinsically sinful. This is the belief system which Fowler maintains has caused him emotional distress and mental instability over the years. To this wise Fowler, an openly gay man, has filed a $70 million lawsuit against the Bible publishers. He alleges the translations found in some of Zondervan and Thomas Nelson’s Bibles have caused his family to cast him away, resulting in years of anguish. Bradley LaShawn Fowler had given Zondervan 20 days to respond to the allegations. The judge found no merit in the allegations and dismissed gay man’s case.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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