manicstreetpreacher comments on a legal case that could only happen in America. Or perhaps Scotland…
I was forwarded this highly amusing piece about a case in Nebraska, USA where a law suit against the Almighty was dismissed because the there was no known address where the defendant could be served with the papers:
The suit was launched by Nebraska state senator Ernie Chambers, who said he might appeal against the ruling.
He sought a permanent injunction to prevent the “death, destruction and terrorisation” caused by God.
Judge Marlon Polk said in his ruling that a plaintiff must have access to the defendant for a case to proceed.
“Given that this court finds that there can never be service effectuated on the named defendant this action will be dismissed with prejudice,” Judge Polk wrote in his ruling.
As to the problem of whether the Creator had proper notice of this lawsuit, Mr Chambers’ case rest on a rather drastic presupposition:
“Since God knows everything,” he reasoned, “God has notice of this lawsuit.”
But at least Mr Chamber had his all-important day in court:
Mr Chambers, a state senator for 38 years, said he filed the suit to make the point that “anyone can sue anyone else, even God”.
Reminds me of a Billy Connelly film apparently based on a true story, The Man Who Sued God.
I haven’t seen the film myself, but I dare say that the Almighty got off Scot-free on that one as well.
Otherwise, I suspect that the floodgates would be open and the churches would subject to all the wrongs of the world, as opposed merely to those that they are directly responsible for, such as the Crusades, the Inquisition, the trial of Galileo, the endorsement of Fascism and Nazism in 1930s Europe, the systematic relocation of paedophile priests, the preaching that condom use is sinful and ineffective in sub-Saharan Africa where 3 to 5 million people die of AIDS each year…
Surely that’s enough to be going on with?