Man Sues Bible Manufacturer Over Reference to Homosexuals

The Bible and a reference to homosexuals is the focus of a $60 million lawsuit against a west Michigan Christian publisher.

This hand-written lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Detroit.

There are a lot of unanswered questions at this point about whether this $60 million suit has a chance of going anywhere.

The suit alleges Grand Rapids-based Zondervan deliberately caused homosexuals to suffer by, what the suit claims, is a misinterpretation of the Bible.
The suit centers on one passage in scripture: first Corinthians, chapter six, verse nine and how it reads in Bibles published by Zondervan.

Bradley Fowler filed the suit. He says Zondervan Bibles published in 1982 and 1987 used the word homosexuals among a list of those who are 'wicked' or 'unrighteous' and won't inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Fowler says his family's pastor used that Zondervan Bible and because of it, his family considered him a sinner.

Now he's suing for $60 million.

Bradley Fowler says "to compensate for the past 20 years of emotional duress and mental instability."

Fowler claims the company is misinterpreting the Bible by specifically using the word homosexuals. He admits that every Bible printed is a translation, interpreted in some way, but he says specifically using that word is not a translation but a change.

Fowler says "these are opinions based on the publishers and they are being embedded in the religious structure as a way of life."

The man filing the suit says he came across the discrepancy while researching a book  noting, he says, Zondervan Bibles published in the 80s used the word homosexuals but earlier and later ones didn't.

We went to the library to do some research of our own, finding Zondervan Bibles published both in the 80s and post-2000 use the word homosexuals.

And some other Bibles like the New American Standard also use the word.

Others don't.