Thursday, September 20, 2007

Legislator's lawsuit against God may reveal what he really thinks about God

Omaha state Senator Ernie Chambers recently filed a federal lawsuit against God. In the lawsuit Chambers claims that God has made threats against him and his constituents and caused "widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants" and has caused "fearsome floods...horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes." Chambers said he is filing the lawsuit because he's upset with other frivolous lawsuits.

I think the subject matter of the lawsuit reveals more about Chambers than simply concern about frivolous lawsuits. It shows his antipathy towards religion and God. The news story notes that Chambers skips morning legislative prayers and criticises Christians. From my law school days, I remember writing a paper on a US Supreme court case bearing his name Marsh v. Chambers. Chambers sued claiming legislative prayers and chaplains were a violation of church and state separation. He lost that one.

I thought it was interesting that Chambers may not have the last laugh with his lawsuit. The US District Court Judge Richard Kopf said he may assess sanctions if Chambers and his lawyers don't show cause for the lawsuit.

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