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Friday, September 21, 2007

An Almighty Answer

Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers sued God last week, seeking a permanent injunction against the Almighty for making terroristic threats, inspiring fear and causing "widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants."

The filing was triggered by a federal lawsuit he considers frivolous by a woman against a judge who barred her from using "rape," "victim" and other such "prejudicial" words in court. He's trying to make the serious point that anybody can sue anybody by being absurd. Mr. Chambers considers the woman's lawsuit frivolous because the Nebraska Supreme Court has already considered the case, and federal courts follow the decisions of state supreme courts on state matters such as this.

Well, somebody is playing along (as we should have expected) and has filed a brief in God's defense, arguing that the defendant is immune from some earthly laws and, furthermore, the court lacks jurisdiction. It goes on to add that trying to hold God accountable for humanity's mass history of fear and suffering is misguided, suggesting these consequences are self-inflicted, rather than God's fault:
I created man and woman with free will and next to the promise of immortal life, free will is my greatest gift to you.
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Any bets on whether this flushes out some "free-will deniers?"

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Following up has proved problematic because there was no contact information provided on the filing. The only listed witness, St. Michael the Archangel, has also been unavailable for comment.

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