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A Lawsuit Against Two Bible Publishers and Other Links from Around the Net

Links.jpgHere is one of those scenarios in a news story which seems so implausible at first, that it is hardly worth mentioning.  And then when you think about it--especially given the judicial activism taking place these days, something we Californians know all too well--this could be a real issue.  A gay man (Bradley Fowler) is suing two Bible publishers (Zondervan and Nelson) because the Bibles they publish speak of homosexuality as a sin, and this (supposedly) has caused him great "emotional distress."  Two things I would like to say to Mr. Fowler.   First, the Bible condemns me too.   My heart is filled with just as much sin as his is.  The second thing I'd say is don't stop reading Romans at chapter one, but read on!  There's a solution to your "emotional distress," which quite likely stems from the guilt you feel because of your sins.   The solution, of course, is the blood and righteousness of Christ.  Click here: 'Gay' man sues Bible publishers

There is no excuse for using racial epithets, or racially-charged or insensitive language.  But here's some knucklehead (notice, this is a racially neutral term) whose quest to remove "racially offensive" language has gone  completely overboard.  This is a joke, right?   Sadly, it isn't.   Enough with this PC stuff already!!!!   Click here: MyFox Dallas | Commissioner Defends Position That 'Black Hole' is Racist Term

Yet another reason to make sure that your "catchers" are up to the task.   Some poor guy was "slain in the Spirit," got all worked up, fell, and cracked his noggin.   Of course, he's now suing the church.  I guess he couldn't bring himself to sue the Holy Spirit.   Click here: Man sues church, claiming spirit forced his fall | | The Tennessean

For all you baseball fans out there, this is really cool.  What does Ron Villone (a journeyman relief pitcher) do on an off day?  He flies home and anonymously watches his own son play in his little league game--taking pictures and everything.  Now that is a good dad!   Click here: Ron Villone - Bats - Baseball - New York Times Blog

Reader Comments (12)

Dr. Riddlebarger:

You too should sue all the Bible publishers, translation committees, text critics, etc., etc., etc., for all your emotional duress. The law is a hard thing . . . somebody needs to pay for that!
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPaul
Dr Riddlebarger, yours has to be the best response I have heard to the lawsuit brought against the bible publishers yet-and it saddens me that what should be a standard answer is not. The blood of Christ IS our answer to those objections.
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChar
Regarding the Dallas Commissioner, when Jesus used the term "white" washed tombs, 1) Was this a positive statement, and 2) Was it a racial statement? According to the commissioner, I think, the answer to both are unequivocally "yes."

The answer to racism is to be color blind, not only in regards to race, but also ... color. And astronomy. And any color-tinged metaphorical language.
July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSean
"...Regarding the Dallas Commissioner, when Jesus used the term "white" washed tombs, 1) Was this a positive statement, and 2) Was it a racial statement? According to the commissioner, I think, the answer to both are unequivocally "yes."

The answer to racism is to be color blind, not only in regards to race, but also ... color. And astronomy. And any color-tinged metaphorical language...."

I suggest that you get a hold of a copy of Robert Bork's 1996 work, "Slouching Toward Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline," read it thoroughly, and then restate your case. While you may or may not agree with Mr. Bork's posits, you will certainly have to recognize that we've gone way too far as a culture when it comes to political correctness and how one might properly respond in certain social situations, using PC language.

If you want to take another look at the current situation in American politics consider Mr. Jackson's (supposedly the chief representative of an entity called the "Rainbow Coalition," a euphemism for a politically charged organization representing "all" races and colors) recent comment about Mr. Obama in which he stated that he would like to "emasculate" Mr. Obama for "talking down" to "black" people.

"Black holes" are named "black" because of their absence of color, not because they are labeled in reference to any race or ethnic group. "White washed," as used in the NT probably refers to the process of applying slaked lime to a tomb to give it a colorless appearance, therefore bland and free of blemish. If you want to take the leap from that definition to one that is racially motivated, then you might want to take another look at the Greek.

We have better things to be concerned about.
July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
My wife has had the most insightful repsonse to our Michigan man's plight to sue Zondervan: "What is wrong with people?" I think this has a lot more to do with litigiousness than anything spiritual.

Political correctness comes in all colors. One of my favorite blends currently is the yard signs that read: "Support our troops, end the war." I'm also a huge fan of the "Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays" PC fight.
July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZrim

I was hoping that no one was going to take me seriously when I was suggesting from the viewpoint of the commissioner that whitewashed tombs must be a good thing to be called.
July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSean
Sean -

Sorry, it came across that way electronically. Nevertheless, the points are valid.

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
Jesse Jackson is for equality. His comments regularly insult the intelligence of all races!!
July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd
Where to start?
Someone so desparate to defend his "right to be himself" that he'd file this suit?
A lawyer mendacious enough to take the case?
A court willing to accept the filing and not throw it out summarily?
Of course, this being California, none of the above correctives operate as they do elsewhere but still...
July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPB
I grew up attending Pentecostal churches, and this falling occured quite often. I even remember one preacher who seemed to be forcefully pushing down on my head to make me fall while he prayed, and I was equally trying to stay on my feet and push forward with my head. Thanks be to God that no one ever made me fall.

I also remember someone praying for me by yelling at the top of their lungs into my ear. That too was unpleasant.

I have other horror stories, but thank God I am no longer amongst such foolishness.
July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlberto
I feel your pain Alberto. I was there too. Although I never let anyone push me down, the loud praying into the ear happened several times.
July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRandy
Self-fulfilling prophecies
Psychological Manipulation
Preying on the weak and gullible

By God's grace we could all have been in that mess...

July 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIvan

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