Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Suit Claims Distress over Homosexuality in Bible Translation

Zondervan and Thomas Nelson Publishing are being sued for using the word homosexuality in the Bibles they publish. Bradley Fowler of Canton, Michigan claims he has suffered emotional distress and he wants $60 million from Zondervan and $10 million from Thomas Nelson.

Fowler specifically objects to their translations of 1 Corinthians 6:9 which includes “homosexuals” among a list of those who are "wicked" or "unrighteous" and will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. He claims that’s a mistranslation of the verse. He points out that Zondervan Bibles published before the 1980s and after that time did not use the word "homosexuals". His argument goes like this: Folwer's family used a 1980's version of the Bible and as a result they considered him a sinner and he suffered as a result.

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