A homosexual is demanding $70,000,000 in damages from Bible publishers for printing a book which dares to condemn homosexuality as a sin.
The man, unsurprisingly an American, claims two Bible publishers “manipulated” their translations from an ambiguous condemnation of “abusers of themselves with mankind” to an explicit condemnation of “homosexuals.”
The King James Version of the bible, to many English-speaking Christians “The Bible,” exerted considerable influence over the English language as a literary masterpiece. However, its admonitions are frequently ambiguous, and its translation politically motivated or disputed.
For example, the King James Version renders a condemnation of sexual deviancy in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 obliquely as:
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind… shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Modern editions tend to favour much less ambiguous wording of the same passage:
New International Version:
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders…
New American Standard Bible:
Or 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 effeminate, nor homosexuals….
New King James Version:
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…
English Standard Version:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality…
The man claims that the publishers of such Bibles caused him “demoralization, chaos and bewilderment,” by deliberately publishing “homophobic” versions of the Bible, entitling him to huge damages.
One publisher has denounced his claims as “ridiculous,” pointing out that they neither translated nor own the rights to the version they publish.
Most major religious texts take a dim view of homosexuality, so it seems he may have a very long string of lawsuits ahead of him.
Via Carnal Nation.