Some editions of
the Bible from the 1980s published
by Zondervan Publishing and Thomas Nelson Publishing
assert that homosexuality is a sin, causing one gay
man to sue the publishing houses for emotional damage.
against the publishers, brought by Bradley LaShawn Fowler
of Canton, Mich., could result in $70 million in damages if
Fowler wins his case. Fowler is representing himself
in federal court against both publishers after a U.S.
district judge refused to appoint him an attorney in
his case against Thomas Nelson. The judge explained,
"The court has some very genuine concerns about
the nature and efficacy of these claims."
According to the
Chicago Tribune, the suit against Zondervan
claims 1982 and 1987 editions of the publisher's
Bible explicitly declare homosexuality to be wrong in
1 Corinthians 6:9: "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."
Fowler claims that the word "homosexual" was
edited out of the 1989 and 1994 editions but that
consumers were not informed, and that because his
family pastor uses the older versions, he's been shunned by
his family as a result.
similar claims against Thomas Nelson regarding its earlier
versions of the New King James Bible, saying he has
suffered extreme emotional and sometimes physical
discomfort as a result of the antigay passages in the
Bible. He wrote that it was the intention of the
publishers to cause "me or anyone who is a
homosexual to endure verbal abuse, discrimination,
episodes of hate, and physical violence...including
murder." (The Advocate)